Condemning Monday night’s violence on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday questioned the West Bengal administration for not taking firm decisions concerning the increasing ‘Maoist activities’ in one of Bengals’ top educational institution: Jadavpur university.
BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said, “The government should take harsh measures to finish Naxalism in India. At the same, I appeal the West Bengal government to take strict action against the people who are involved in Maoists activities running at Jadavpur University.”
Sinha further stated he was “extremely pained” by the killing of twenty-six CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh on Monday, further assuring that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government will take strict action against the militants.
Although the university has no proven links with the attack, but this is not the first time that the university is being accused of allegedly letting the ‘Maoist sentiments’ to bloom in the heart of the city. If we take history as our guide, students of such liberal universities in Kolkata have often been targeted by one or the other political party, with this label, for outspokenly questioning on social issues. In 2012, Taniya Bhardwaj, a student of political science at the premier Presidency College, on a popular television news channel show, asked a simple question about the conduct of senior state ministers and officials over crimes against women. Furious TMC head Mamata Banerjee labelled Taniya as a Maoist and a CPM cadre and asked the police to do a background check on those asking awkward questions.
On Monday, 25 CRPF personnel killed in a Maoist encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The injured are being evacuated by helicopter. The encounters took place between the Burkapal-Chintagufa area. 12 CRPF personnel had been killed earlier this year in the same area in an encounter with the Naxalites. This is one the bloodiest attack in the state since 2010. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack, while the latter described the attack as cowardly and deplorable.