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Babul Supriyo heckled by students at Jadavpur University
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Babul Supriyo heckled by students at Jadavpur University

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Union Minister Babul Supriyo was shown black flags and allegedly heckled by some students at Kolkata's Jadavpur University on Tuesday. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Chancellor of the university, reached the spot and took Mr Supriyo out of the varsity campus in his car.

Earlier, Babul Supriyo, who visited to the varsity to address a seminar organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, or ABVP, the students' body linked to the BJP, was stopped from entering the campus by the students affiliated to the Students Federation of India(SFI) -- the student's wing of the CPIM -- and the Left-leaning Arts Faculty Students' Union (AFSU) raised "Babul Supriyo Go Back" slogans. AFSU leader Debraj Debnath, who participated in the protest, said "fascist forces" will not be allowed on the campus.

The BJP leader alleged that he was manhandled by the students.

Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar had to rush to Jadavpur University on Thursday to rescue Union minister. Dhankar call CM Mamata Banerjee in Delhi minutes before entering the university. The Centre and state government appeared sharply divided on how the issue was handled, with senior TMC leaders calling the governor's decision 'a move without precedence in recent times'.

"…I am saddened by the behaviour of some of the students of the university, the way they have heckled me. They pulled me by my hair and pushed me," he was quoted as saying by PTI. Mr Supriyo also claimed that the protesting students tried to provoke him by "openly calling themselves Naxals". The Asansol MP faced protests again on his way out, around 5 pm.

According to PTI, Jadavpur University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das tried to talk with the protesting students, who refused to move from the main entrance of the university. "Whatever they may try to do, they cannot provoke me. The role of the opposition in keeping democracy alive is as important as that of the ruling party, and it is also necessary to listen to the differences patiently," he posted on Twitter, condemning the "stampede-like situation".

Governor Dhankhar has taken a "very serious view" of the incident, his press secretary told reporters.