New Delhi, Jan 16: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s face on a hoarding was found defaced inside the Jadavpur University campus on Tuesday. The hoarding had been reportedly put up by the Trinamool Congress-affiliated teaching and non-teaching staff wing of the university to protest against Banerjee for announcing Rs 100 crore grant for JU recently.

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Condemning the incident, vice chancellor Prof. Suranjan Das said,”The defacement was very unfortunate and the Executive Council has already taken up the issue with the students and faculty.”

Speaking to news agency PTI, Das asserted,”My attention has been drawn to the scribbling of some words on a hoarding of the honourable chief minister. This should not have happened.”

“We have already discussed the issue at the EC meeting and we will ensure such things do not recur in future,” the VC added further. Das was confined in the administrative building of the university, along with other EC members.

On the other hand, West Bengal education and higher education minister Partha Chatterjee ensured that strict action will be taken against those behind the mischief. “The government will not tolerate the defacement of a hoarding bearing the picture of the CM,” Chatterjee said.

Notably, the students of the university launched a sit-in since Monday, protesting the provisions of the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill 2017 that allegedly seeks an apolitical students’ union but students allege is an attempt to dissolve students’ union.

(With inputs from agencies)