Kolkata: At least 13 students from various city colleges were taken into preventive detention for staging protests to show solidarity with Jadavpur University students who earlier subjected to an alleged police crackdown.

The students had gathered around a Durga Puja marquee in Salt Lake area and were staging a street play and shouting slogans to extend support to Jadavpur students who have been demanding the removal of Vice Chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty when they were taken into custody.

“We have taken 13 students who were staging a demonstration under preventive detention,” said an officer of Bidhannagar North Police station.

Demanding an independent probe into the alleged molestation of a female pupil, the university students Sep 16 had confined Chakrabarty and staging protests when the alleged police crackdown took place which resulted in several of the students getting injured.

While the police and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee have denied the students were baton charged, thousands of students alumni and eminent personalities September 20 took out a street march demanding the VC’s resignation and condemning the police crackdown.

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