Kolkata: Police baton-charged supporters of the Left and the BJP as the two sides engaged in a face off in the city's Jadavpur area on Monday during rallies over the violence that rocked the JNU campus in Delhi, officials said.
Students of the Jadavpur University, activists of the SFI and members of other Left outfits took out a rally from 8B Bus Stand to Sulekha More, protesting against the violence at JNU campus on Sunday.
A march was taken out by the BJP from Bagha Jatin More to Jadavpur Police Station over the JNU issue and also ransacking of its party office in the area on Sunday night. The two sides came face to face at Sulekha More, leading to a brawl.
Police put up barricades and blocked both the rallies, however, allegedly abuses were hurled and slogans and counter-slogans raised. SFI supporters claimed that BJP workers used expletives against women activists. The Left cadres in protest burnt flags of the BJP.
After repeated attempts to calm the situation, officials said police baton-charged to disperse the rallyists.
"While we were chasing BJP workers some Jadavpur University (JU) students entered the mob. We could not differentiate the JU students from BJP workers who were burning tyres. We did not lathicharge JU students," Jadavpur DC Sudip Sarkar was quoted as saying by ANI.
Violence broke out at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday night as masked men armed with sticks and rods attacked students and teachers and damaged properties on the campus, prompting the administration to call in the police.
At least 28 people, including JNU Students' Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos reigned on the campus for nearly two hours. The Left-controlled JNUSU and the RSS-affiliated ABVP have blamed each other for the violence.