West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday voiced situation over the formation of a panel to probe into the alleged ‘communal statements’ of IIT Kanpur college students made at a latest rally there towards adjustments in the Citizenship Act.
Banerjee voiced the difficulty while expressing “solidarity” with college students protesting in opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the proposed creation of a National Register fo Citizens.
“Sad and deeply concerned to be aware of about what is taking place with Kanpur IIT college students who expressed unity with JMI and AMU college students over the CAA and NRC,” Banerjee wrote on her Facebook page.
Banerjee additionally asserted that anybody has the right to express oneself in a in a democratic country.
“I apprehend that a committee has been constituted against the college students who participated in a protest march. In a democratic country, all of us has the proper to specific oneself,” she said.
The IIT-Kanpur students had held a peaceful march at the campus protesting the amended citizenship regulation and the proposed NRC and had also condemned the police action in opposition to Jamia Millia college students on New Delhi.
After the rally, an IIT-Kanpur professor lodged a complaint in opposition to college students for allegedly elevating “anti-India” and “communal” slogans.
The IIT-Kanpur administration on Saturday had fashioned a panel to appear into the complaint.
Banerjee, who has emerged as a strident critic of the CAA and the proposed NRC, said such an try to “throttle the voice of students” of academic excellence is an “unwelcome” effort.
“Any intimidation or curbs to throttle voice of students, that too in a centre of academic excellence, is most unwelcome. We categorical our solidarity with the student community in their protest in opposition to the CAA and NRC,” she said.
Banerjee on Monday had described the current situation arising out of protests in the us of a against the CAA and the proposed NRC as “serious” and written to all non-BJP events urging them to unite against the “draconian regime” of the Central government.