JU VC, officials kept under gherao since last evening

JU VC, officials kept under gherao since last evening

Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das and other officials have been kept confined in their offices since last evening by a group of students demanding holding of union elections next month.

A university official said that the protests, which began last evening, were still continuing.
"I hope that things will soon be sorted out with the students. I am trying to negotiate with them," Das told PTI over phone.

The state's higher education department had recently issued an advisory to the state-run varsity asking it not to hold elections to students' union in February to avoid any disturbance during exams of different boards.

Protesting against this, a small group of students from the university gheraoed the VC and other officials.

They are demanding that elections be held on time.

In 2014, Das's predecessor Abhijit Chakrabarti was gheraoed demanding a fresh probe panel in the alleged sexual harassment of a girl student. Fearing threat to life he called the police inside the campus which created a huge outcry and Chakrabarti was forced to resign.

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