Posters at JU call for ‘freedom’ for Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland

Kolkata: Posters calling for freedom for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were found around the Jadavpur University campus on Monday.

A poster read: “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)”. All posters were signed ‘RADICAL’.

Student unions and authorities have both denied having been involved.

“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,” Jadavpur vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said.

Das said he saw some student union leaders also in Tuesday’s rally 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.

He said he would not approach police against students for the rally. “In the university, the police have no role. I will never call police on the campus,” Das said.

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Sounak Mukherjee, leader of a students’ union — Forum of Art Students — most students were against the posters.

The university saw two rallies on Wednesday against one held earlier.

Students’ Federation of India distanced itself from Tuesday’s rally.

“The SFI is always against terrorism, communalism and divisive forces. It is inappropriate to raise such slogans, which directly or indirectly support terrorism,” Students Federation of India (SFI) state secretary Debojyoti Das said in a statement.

The Central Government has demanded a report from the West Bengal Government over the rally.

Posters were seen around JU a day after slogans against Parliament attack victim Afzal Guru’s hanging and expressing students’ solidarity with a student leader at Jawaharlal Nehru University who was arrested for sedition charges were heard at the varsity on Tuesday. PTI