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Attack reprisal on student

Tamluk, Sept. 4: A Kolaghat college student who was slashed on August 30 for protesting ragging was again allegedly slashed and pushed down a staircase in the institute today.

Shubhro Samanta, a first-year student of electronics and instrumentation at the College of Engineering and Management, lost consciousness after falling off the stairs.

Shubhro, 17, was also slashed with a blade in the elbow. The blade was found on the landing where he fell.

The boy was hospitalised.

“I lost consciousness. When I came to, I took the support of the banister to come downstairs. Two guards took me to the registrar’s office,” Shubhro said.

A doctor at the district hospital said a CT scan had been done on the boy’s head.

Shubhro said he could not see the attacker.

The assistant registrar of the college, Bibhas Dey, said a police team had come to the college this afternoon in connection with Shubhro’s complaint on the August 30 assault.

“The police wanted to speak to Shubhro. I sent an employee to bring him to my chamber. In the meantime, someone came and informed me that Shubhro had fallen down the stairs and suffered injuries,” Dey said.

The officer in charge of the local police station, Basuki Banerjee, said Shubhro was slashed in his right elbow. “We have started a case of assault.”

Shubhro, who hails from a village in West Midnapore, was allegedly ragged by seniors on August 29. He was asked to smoke a cigarette and mouth foul language. When he refused and threatened to complain to the college director, he was taken by the scruff of his neck and thrown out of the college.

Then next day, six masked attackers slashed him several times outside the college. Shubhro, who initially did not tell anyone about the attack for fear of being targeted again, lodged a police complaint yesterday.

The student accused his seniors of the attack.