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VC suspends varsity law classes

Siliguri, July 27: Following an incident of violence in the law department of North Bengal University today, the vice-chancellor (VC) of the university, P.K. Saha, suspended all classes of the department sine die.

This is reportedly not the first time that the law students have got themselves into trouble and Saha has asked Gangotri Chakraborty, the head of the department, to prepare a detailed report on the latest string of similar incidents that have broken out on the campus.

Today's rampage apparently followed yesterday's clash where some students, reportedly belonging to Students' Forum, clashed with alleged SFI supporters. 'A group of boys ' most probably belonging to the Students' Forum ' came to me this afternoon, complaining of the incident that took place outside the campus yesterday,' Chakraborty said. The forum members later blocked the NH 31 for 15 minutes.

Stating that she has filed an FIR and has also asked the VC to order an internal inquiry, she said: 'I told the boys to resolve the matter on their own since the scuffle took place outside the campus.'

Chakraborty had barely left her room, when the boys ransacked it, breaking chairs and tables. The matter was immediately reported to Saha, who declared a suspension of classes.

'When I declared the VC's decision to the students, I was greeted with more violence,' Chakraborty added. Students hurled abuses at her and went on breaking chairs, tables and windowpanes of her room, the teachers' room and three other classrooms. The two groups also continued to clash, blaming each other of resorting to 'unprovoked violence'.

Two separate FIRs have been lodged with the Matigara police, who have started a case under Sections 341, 323 and 34.

With the elections of the students' union just round the corner, the clash was not unexpected, but this time, there were claims that the students had been instigated by a group of teachers. 'Ever since madam (Chakraborty) has joined as the head of the department about a year ago, she has brought in a few reforms,' a fourth-year student said. 'We believe that some teachers are instigating the trouble-makers, with the aim of showing her as a bad administrator,' a source said.

Chakraborty declined to comment on the issue.

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