QKolkata: Babul Supriyo ‘Heckled’ in JU; CBI Fails to Find Rajeev

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Babul Supriyo heckled by students at Jadavpur University in Kolkata on 19 Sepember. 

1. Babul Supriyo Barricaded At Jadavpur University

Hundreds of students barricaded Union minister Babul Supriyo at Jadavpur University for over five hours on Thursday when he arrived to attend an ABVP programme, before governor Jagdeep Dhankhar drove to the campus and rescued him.

The confrontation between Left-leaning students and the combative minister had the hallmark of campus brawls but the issues at heart went far beyond the confines of the varsity.

The students insisted that they would not let in someone representing “fascist” forces and specifically cited the BJP’s support for the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which has been finalised in Assam and which the Narendra Modi government has vowed to extend across the country.

(Source: The Telegraph)


2. I Spoke To The CM: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

When governor Jagdeep Dhankhar stepped into Jadavpur University on Thursday evening, it was the first time in recent memory that a chancellor was wading into a student protest to defuse the crisis.

“I’m on my way back to Raj Bhavan with Babul Supriyo in my car…. The students are free to come anytime to Raj Bhavan to discuss their issues with me,” Dhankhar told The Telegraph after emerging from the siege, in which he had been caught for more than an hour.

“I have spoken to the chief minister. She was equally concerned at the situation,” the governor added.

(Source: The Telegraph)

3. Bengal Governor Ignored CM Plea: Trinamool

Trinamool secretary-general Partha Chatterjee on Thursday alleged that governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had not informed the state administration before going to Jadavpur University and that he had rejected chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s request to give her government time to sort the matter out peacefully.

Chatterjee described as “most unfortunate” the governor’s decision to visit the university on Thursday to “rescue” Union minister Babul Supriyo, and alleged he had done so “to help BJP”.

“This is most unfortunate and shocking that our Governor, the custodian of the Constitution of the State, without informing the elected government went to the so-called rescue of the BJP leader from Jadavpur University,” Chatterjee said in a statement.

(Source: The Telegraph)


4. CBI Teams In Futile Rajeev Search, Issue Summons

Two CBI teams searching for more than two-and-a-half hours could not find Rajeev Kumar on Thursday, even as the agency shot off letters to the state DGP seeking Kumar’s “functional phone number” and a summons.

The CBI teams criss-crossed Kolkata — one travelling 38km from Alipore to an EM Bypass hotel, and finally even going to the airport — but the CID additional director-general proved elusive as ever. After the futile search, the agency sent off the letter to DGP Virendra, Kumar’s immediate boss. The letter contains a summons — under 160 CrPC (as a witness) — for Kumar, asking him to appear before the agency by 11am on Friday.

Kumar is believed to be in Kolkata, coordinating with his legal team.

(Source: The Times Of India)

5. NRC Panic On Mamata Lips In Meet With Shah

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broached Assam’s NRC issue, saying genuine citizens had been left out — and the panic it has caused in Bengal — when she met Union home minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Thursday. The meeting came a day after her “fruitful” and “apolitical” meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and coincided with CBI starting a search for senior IPS officer Rajeev Kumar.

Thursday was the first time Banerjee met Shah since he took charge of the home ministry.
(Source: The Times Of India)

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