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Jadavpur University: Students clash over film screening; girls ‘molested’

PTI
Published May 7, 2016, 9:23 am IST
Updated May 7, 2016, 12:46 pm IST
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri claimed he was ‘manhandled and gheraoed’ by some students, glass pane of his car was shattered.
ABVP activists clash with Jadavpur University students who stopped the car of film director Vivek Agnihotri during their agitation against screening of his film 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' at University campus in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)
 ABVP activists clash with Jadavpur University students who stopped the car of film director Vivek Agnihotri during their agitation against screening of his film 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' at University campus in Kolkata. (Photo: PTI)

Kolkata: Rival groups of students clashed at the Jadavpur University campus on Friday over the screening of Vivek Agnihotri-directed political film 'Buddha in a Traffic Jam' triggering chaos during which some girls were allegedly molested and BJP actor-turned-politician Roopa Ganguly was not allowed to enter its premises.

The fracas began after the film's screening ended late in the evening, and students from ABVP fought with activists of Left-backed student unions in which a few of them received minor injuries, officials said.

 

Agnihotri faced black flags at the campus gates, sloganeering and placards bearing message that asked him to leave.

The filmmaker claimed he was "manhandled and gheraoed" by some students and even the glass pane of his car was left shattered in the commotion.

Read: ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ screened open air in Jadavpur University amid protests

 

The agitating students said they have nothing against the screening of the film, but were protesting against the "divisive content" in it, which also stars Anupam Kher.

"We all know Kher's views in the whole debate on whatever happened in JNU. He is acting in this film which has divisive content. We are protesting against that," Sounak Mukherjee, a first year MA student of English Department, said.

Read: West Bengal governor says Jadavpur University turning into 'centre for disturbance'

Some girl students were allegedly molested during the melee that ensued after the incident, police said.

 

"The students had isolated four of them inside the campus following the incident. I have handed them to the police. There were some outsiders also. The students said they molested some girls," University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das said.

A senior varsity official said "the four youths were outsider and FIR is being lodged against them".

Read: Jadavpur University hub of anti-nationals, VC supporting them: BJP

BJP leader Roopa Ganguly also rushed to the campus but was stopped at the gate by the police.

The state-run varsity's alumni association, which runs the Triguna Sen auditorium, had decided to cancel the booking for a pre-release screening of the film in their hall. The producers, however, went ahead with the screening at an open-air space in the campus claiming they have support from another group of students.

 

"The students arranged a bed sheet and turned it into a screen to see my film. Many watched it and realised it's not what they were thinking. It is a realistic film," Agnihotri, the director of "Hate Story" and "Goal" said.

Even as the screening was going on in the evening, after classes were over, the agitators carried on with demonstration near the spot.

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