Students At Visva-Bharati University Allege House Arrest Ahead Of Amit Shah Visit
Two student leaders belonging to one left-leaning platform at Visva-Bharati University (VBU) in Santiniketan alleged that they were put under house arrest on Saturday night, in an attempt to prevent students from staging any demonstrations ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the quaint varsity town founded by the university founder Rabindranath Tagore’s father, Debendranath.
Santiniketan holds a high place in Bengal’s cultural excellence and pride. The authorities at the VBU, the century-old, Centre-funded university of which the prime minister is the chancellor, has of late faced repeated charges of ‘saffronisation’….
“We staged a demonstration on the campus on Saturday evening and burnt the effigies of prime minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, and our vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty. Following this, some of us were summoned to the Bolpur police station where an additional superintendent of police wanted to know about our programmes on Sunday. We did not divulge anything. At night, two cops in civil dress were posted outside my house in Bolpur,” said Sow.