‘Azadi’ mongers attack Nationalist youth in Kolkata

Posted on November 14, 2010

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By Lokenath Chatterjee

Attack on Students and Youth in Anti-National Seminar in Jadavpur University, Kolkata

After the seminar in New Delhi demanding `Azadi` for Kashmir, a similar seminar also titled `Azadi` was organised at Vivekananda Hall in Jadavpur University on the 30th of November, 2010, by a Maoist student group called UDSF (United Students Democratic Front) with the notorious seccessionist and accused in Parliament Attack case, S.A.R. Geelani as the main speaker. At the outset of the seminar, a speaker Mr. Siddhartha Guha Roy gave a speech in which he harped on a fabricated, partially true history of Kasmir and asserted that Kashmir should be separated from India. All over the venue, posters and banners put up by the organisers openly demanded `Azadi` for Kashmir, while some placards openly accused the Indian army and security forces of unsubstantiated grave crimes, calling them names. After the speech of Mr. Roy, when a member of the audience Mr. Arun Shaw, asked the speaker a question about the role of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee in integrating Kashmir with the rest of India, the Maoist organisers suddenly rushed towards him and manhandled him physically. There was even an attempt on his life. There soon started a free for all with the organisers using sticks and rods, and other sharp weapons to beat up and attack the patriotic members of the audience, who were mostly ABVP and BJYM activists.

In this sudden, unprovoked and brutal attack amidst anti-national slogans and obscenities hurled at the patriotic members of the audience by the organizers among whom were some known notorious Maoists like Debolina Chakraborty, who was recently named by the West Bengal police as a collaborator in the Maoist atrocities in West Bengal, many  ABVP and BJYM activists were grievously injured. Two of the activists Mr. Neeraj Kumar and Mr. Yagnik Agarwal were critically injured and had to be hospitalised while bleeding profusely with wounds on the head. One of them is still admitted to hospital in a critical condition. Others, notably Amitabha Roy, Tanushree Roy, Gautam Chaudhuri and were also injured.

After this attack ABVP and BJYM activists organised a road block in front of the University Gate blocking a main arterial road of Kolkata for over an hour in protest against the brutal attack and the anti-national seditious speeches at the seminar. It is significant that members of the public joined the blockade in large numbers when they saw the issue, despite being inconvenienced by the blockade.

ABVP and BJYM have submitted a police complaint in Jadavpur Police Station demanding the arrest and inititation of legal proceedings against the organizers of the seccessionist and seditious seminar along with all those involved in the brutal physical attack including Debolina Chakraborty and her gang.

It is ironical that innocent students, youth and patriots were seriously beaten up, when all they wanted was to promote and speak of the integrity and territorial sovereignty of India, in Indian soil, by Maoists, Maoist sympathizer, their gangsters and other unruly elements. Geelani and others were openly disputing the integration and accession of Jammu and Kasmir into India, which is a foregone conclusion. The patriotic students and youth merely asked questions but were beaten up and hurt.

ABVP demands that the organizers be booked on grounds of sedition as well as grievous assault.

ABVP demands that an enquiry should be conducted against the authorities of Jadavpur University as to how they granted permission to hold an openly anti-national and seditious seminar titled `Azadi` within the University campus, where posters openly advocating `azadi` for Kashmir were allowed to be put up all over the venue and a norious and known anti-national like Geelani, accused in the Parliament attack case and against whom an FIR has already been filed for his seditious speech in the LTG Auditorium, New Delhi on 21st October, was allowed to visit the campus and speak against the unity and integrity of India.

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