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March for ‘innocent’ girl

Santiniketan, Oct. 1: Over 100 Kala Bhavan students today took out a procession on the Visva-Bharati campus holding placards claiming a girl accused of slashing the arms of her hostel mate was “innocent”.

A third-year Kala Bhavan student from Calcutta lodged an FIR yesterday alleging that her roommate had slashed her in the arms as she was jealous of her “good looks”.

The placards read “we want justice” and “the accused is innocent”.

A Kala Bhavan student said: “She (the victim) was disturbing her roommate for the past few months. We took out the procession to seek justice for the accused.”

The girl who was slashed returned to her Calcutta home with her parents last night.

This morning, the Kala Bhavan authorities submitted a report on the incident to the vice-chancellor’s office. “We can’t reveal the contents as it is an official matter,” said Tapati Mukherjee, the officiating vice-chancellor.

A team of senior officials led by Mukherjee questioned the accused student. “She claimed she was innocent and was unaware of the injuries her roommate suffered. She alleged that her roommate used to torture her and so she was sometimes forced to sleep in a room adjacent to her’s. Police are investigating the matter,” a varsity official said.

The injured girl’s father said: “The allegations against my daughter are baseless. This is a conspiracy to oust her from Kala Bhavan. She is epileptic and does not mix too much with others.”

The police have sought a detailed report on the girl’s medical condition from Pearson Memorial Hospital, where she was admitted yesterday and discharged after being given first-aid.

“We are investigating the case,” said Rishikesh Meena, the Birbhum police chief.

Varsity sources said the accused student did not step out of her hostel today and her parents came to meet her.

The father said: “My daughter had complained four times to the Kala Bhavan authorities that her roommate behaved badly with her.”