Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan, West Bengal, decided to ask the center to deploy alternative security on campus after state police failed to respond to calls for help when a crowd of 2,000 people entered the campus and vandalized the property for several hours on Monday.
The university filed a complaint against the police. Eight people were arrested for vandalism.
At a meeting of directors, heads of departments and principals on Monday, they decided to inform Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the incident. PM Modi is the chancellor of this central university.
Visva Bharati has been closed indefinitely, except for admissions, exams and emergency services, after the crowd allegedly led by a congressman from Trinamool bulldozed at least two of the decorative doors of the university in protest against a perimeter wall erected by the authorities. around a lot.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has called on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take action.
“I am grieved by the endemic vandalism in Viswa Bharati with the @MamataOfficial administration failing to take timely preventative action. I shared with CM the scenes of violence and the police and administration being nowhere . Call for peace for all, “tweeted Mr. Dhankhar.
Am grieved by endemic vandalism in Viswa Bharati with the administration @MamataOfficial failing to take preventive measures in a timely manner.
I shared with CM the scenes of violence and the police and administration being absent.
Call for peace for all. pic.twitter.com/9TtFBFe0Th
– Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@ jdhankhar1) Aug 17, 2020
The chief minister ordered the district administration to hold a meeting of the university authorities and the traders’ organization that led the protest.
However, Ms Banerjee said she believed the construction of the walls was against the philosophy of Visva Bharati University, founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.