At least ten thousand students from various colleges in the city staged a protest march to Raj Bhavan on Saturday. They were stopped by the police midway. Later, eight student representatives were allowed to meet the West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.
The student protests have garnered support from across the country. Rallies were held in other cities like Delhi and Mumbai in solidarity with JU students. On Sunday, a massive rally is set to take place in Bangalore.
The students have been demanding the resignation of the vice-chancellor Abhijit Chakrabartito who called in police on Tuesday to disperse the protesters. The students are also seeking a fresh inquiry into the sexual harassment of a student in the campus last month.
Students have threatened to boycott classes till the VC steps down.Students were allegedly beaten up by police Sep 17 as they were protesting outside vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty's office.
The police crackdown has been widely condemned, with students and political parties demanding Chakrabarty's removal as the vice chancellor.