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Central forces on college campus
- SFI wants unconditional release of accused cashier

Malda, June 24: Central security forces, personnel from the Rapid Action Force and a force from Englishbazar police station patrolled the Malda College premises today, allowing only the staff and students with identity cards to enter the campus that was rocked by violence yesterday.

None of the student leaders from either side, the Chhatra Parishad or the SFI that has been accused of taking bribe and promising admission, was spotted in the college.

Violence broke out yesterday after a Plus II pass-out Sayak Chowdhury lodged an FIR against SFI district secretary Joy Chakrabarty, a leader of the CPM students front, Arijit Das, and cashier Bulbul Mondol, alleging that they had taken Rs 1,050 from him with the promise that he would get admission in the Arts honours course. But when the list was published, his name did not feature in it.

Sayak is a resident of Ramkrishnapally near here.

The Chhatra Parishad yesterday took up the issue and protested on the college premises following which a clash broke out between the rival unions, injuring 20 persons.

The non-teaching staff of the college observed a strike today to protest the arrest of cashier Bulbul Mondol. He was produced in court today and remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

The strike prevented students from filing up forms for appearing in the Part II university examinations.

The SFI took out a procession from the college gate to the office of the district magistrate where they submitted a memorandum demanding the restoration of the academic atmosphere on campus.

They said all those who had attacked their members yesterday would have to be arrested. They also demanded that outsiders be denied entry into the college and the charges against the cashier be withdrawn unconditionally.

The principal of the college, Aniruddha Sengupta, said normality was yet to return to the college.

“The non-teaching staff is on strike and no work could be done today. We have made arrangements so that outsiders cannot gain entry into the college, we are not going to allow the student unions to function here till things return to normal,” the principal said.

Malda police chief Bhuban Mondal said the cashier had been arrested following a specific complaint against him.

“We have also received complaints from the SFI and the Chhatra Parishad and the police are investigating yesterday’s incident and an officer of the rank of deputy superintendent has been put in charge of the probe,” he said.

Police sources said the cashier had been charged under Section 420 (cheating), Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and Section 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

Fifty RAF personnel, six officers of the rank of SI’s ASI’s and the inspector-in-charge of the Englishbazar police station and 25 CRPF personnel were posted in front of the college today.

The Chhatra Parishad today blamed the SFI for vitiating the atmosphere in the college. “The SFI leaders along with a section of the college staff are running a racket and we shall keep on agitating till the culprits are arrested,” said Chhatra Parishad leader Prasenjit Das.

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