The teachers and students of Gauhati University on Tuesday came together to protest against the attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by masked goons.
Condemning the attack on the students and teachers of JNU by ABVP goons, the Gauhati University Teachers’ Association (GUTA), Post-Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) and University Law College Students’ Union (ULCSU) staged a three-hour sit-in protest at university campus in Guwahati.
At least 40 students and some teachers injured, including a few from Assam were injured in the violence unleashed by ABVP goons on Sunday evening.
Around 50 students and teachers participated in the demonstration.
GUTA president Akhil Ranjan Dutta said, “We express solidarity with the students and teachers of JNU, wish the injured early recovery and raise serious concern over the failure of law and order-enforcing agencies on the JNU campus on the day of the incident.”
He said there is lot of misinformation regarding JNU but the university represents true India and symbolises the unity and integrity of the nation.
“JNU provides a liberal democratic space. JNU is the only university in the country which is truly national as it does not have territorial boundaries and students from every nook and corner study there. It is very diverse in nature,” Dutta said.
He said universities should be an open space where everyone can express their views and exercise freedom of expression.
PGSU general secretary Moon Talukdar said the government must take adequate action to prevent the occurrence of any such barbarism that occurred on JNU campus on Sunday night, in the future.
“Let the campuses of higher learning remain free and democratic to enable exchange of ideas without hindrance,” he said.