After JNU, Vishva-Bharati University students allegedly beaten up by ABVP members
According to students, some of the perpetrators were outsiders and all belonged to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad.
A fortnight after masked goons rampaged the Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus, another central university campus became the hotbed of violence on Wednesday night in West Bengal. Several students of the Left were beaten up at the dark of the night at the senior boys hostel of Vishva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan.
At least two students were injured and were admitted to the hospital on Wednesday night. Students claim that the miscreants even tried entering the hospital to carry on the violence. The hospital authorities had to lock the facility’s gates to prevent further violence.
According to students, some of the perpetrators were outsiders and all belonged to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Social media was flooded with SOS calls from students claiming that several goons have engaged in a scuffle with the inhabitants of the Vidya Bhavan hostel, asking if they were the ones who gherao-ed (surrounded) BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta on January 8. Then, a few hours later some masked goons entered the hostel with rods and wickets allegedly under the leadership of a certain Achintya Bagdi.
Several videos from the campus show men with broken wickets charging towards others. Some students are claiming that the ones behind the violence were close to the Vice Chancellor and even entered the campus along with the VC's car.
Ruling party Trinamool condemned the "violent acts of students affiliated to BJP" on Twitter, welcoming swift action by police and the university administration.
On behalf of all peace loving citizens,especially students,we strongly condemn the violent acts of students affiliated to BJP on hallowed portals of Visva Bharati, a central Univ campus. We welcome swift action taken by police & appeal to admin to continue action to book culprits— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) January 16, 2020
On the other hand, the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and All India Democratic Students Organisation also alleged that the attack was carried out by ABVP.
The Visva-Bharati campus has been on a boil since January 8, when Swapan Dasgupta was supposed to give a lecture at the university, but students had surrounded him and kept him confined to a seminar hall for over four hours. SFI and AIDSO claimed that Wednesday’s attack on students was in retaliation to the protests faced by Dasgupta.