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CCTV ahead of Raiganj student election

- College that witnessed several clashes sends proposal to NBU

Raiganj, Sept. 4: Raiganj College, which has witnessed several instances of clashes recently, has written to North Bengal University proposing to set up a closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system ahead of its students’ union elections.

The elections to the union had been postponed indefinitely by the NBU following the attack and heckling of former teacher in-charge, Dilip De Sarkar on January 4.

On June 7, Shatrughan Singh, who became the teacher in charge after De Sarkar, and some members of the non-teaching staff came to blows over distribution of responsibilities during the admission process. Singh has also been gheraoed four times over admissions to the college.

The present teacher in-charge, Debashis Biswas, said NBU had kept the elections on hold till examinations in the college got over.

“The vice-chancellor had said that the elections will be held after the exams. Now that the examinations are done, we have written to the NBU to start the election process, because without a union we are having problems. Tomorrow is Teacher’s Day and there is no one to observe that because of the absence of a union. Moreover, we need students’ representatives in the college advisory body,” Biswas said.

He said that considering the incidents of violence that have taken place in the college, the proposal to set up a CCTV network has been sent.

“We formed a team of teaching and non-teaching staff and last evening we went round the college and chose at least 10 spots where cameras are needed such as the main gate, the principal’s chambers, office, library and corridors. We are ready to bear the cost of installation and if necessary we can also turn to the varsity for funds,” Biswas said.

In case Raiganj College installs a CCTV system, it will not be the first college in north Bengal to do so. CCTVs have already been installed in Itahar College and Harirampur College in South Dinajpur.

North Dinajpur police superintendent Dipankar Bhattacharya said the surveillance system was necessary at the college. “It is a good proposal and if it is done, it will be easier for us to maintain law and order on the college premises,” Bhattacharya said.