Talking to PTI, Chatterjee said students should vent their grievances in a democratic way and not resort to gherao.
"If the agitating students want, they can also talk to the government," he said. To a question on the alleged police lathicharge to end the gherao, the minister said it was the Vice-Chancellor Abijit Chakrabarti, who had sought police help for lifting the gherao and protecting the university property.
"What can I do in this case?" he asked. Thirty-five students of the university were arrested today after the police forcibly lifted the gherao of the Vice-Chancellor and Registrar this morning.
The students, who were demanding a fresh probe panel on alleged sexual harrasment of a girl student inside the boys' hostel earlier this month, gheraoed the nearby Jadavpur Police station demanding release of their classmates since this morning.