Kolkata: A day after pro-Afzal Guru slogans were raised in Jadavpur University (JU), posters calling for ‘freedom’ for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were today found in the campus even as two rival groups of students brought out rallies in the varsity premises.
“Hum kya chahe – Azadi. Kashmir ki Azadi. Manipur ki Azadi. Nagaland ki Azadi (We demand freedom. Kashmir’s freedom. Manipur’s freedom. Nagaland’s freedom),” one of the posters said.
All such posters were signed by a group called ‘RADICAL’.
Both the student unions and authorities have distanced themselves from such posters.
“These are some fringe elements. I met the students union leaders in the morning and they told me that they disassociate themselves with all anti-national slogans,” Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das said.
Slogans in favour of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged three years ago, were raised at a rally yesterday taken out by JU students to express solidarity with JNU students protesting the arrest of their leader Kanhaiya Kumar for alleged sedition.
Das said he saw some student union leaders also walking in the rally yesterday in which pro-Afzal slogans were raised.
“As a Vice Chancellor, it is my responsibility to see that the students get their right to protest, their freedom of speech and expression is protected,” he said.
On whether the university would make any police complaint on this issue, he said the question did not arise.
“In university, the police has no role. I will never call police in the campus,” Das said.
Sounak Mukherjee, leader of Forum of Art Students–a students union–said the majority view of the students was not reflected in the posters.