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Visva ‘attacker’ girl gets bail
- Accused student’s father says roommate tortured daughter

Bolpur, Oct. 3: The Kala Bhavan student accused of slashing the arms of her roommate at Visva-Bharati today appeared before the additional chief judicial magistrate and was granted bail.

“The accused was charged under bailable sections. So, ACJM Pijush Ghosh granted her bail,” said Firoj Kumar Pal, the assistant public prosecutor.

The third-year girl was charged with wrongful restraint and causing hurt using a dangerous weapon, following a complaint by her hostel mate that she attacked her as she was jealous of her “good looks”.

The accused girl’s father today lodged a complaint against the injured student, saying she had been “torturing” his daughter for months.

“The accused girl’s father said in his complaint that her daughter’s roommate has been beating and torturing her for a long time. He added that on Saturday, the girl had also threatened her roommate,” said Uday Garai, the lawyer appearing for the accused girl.

“A case will be started under sections 323 (causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) against the injured girl student of Kala Bhavan,” Garai added.

Kala Bhavan authorities have submitted a report to the vice-chancellor’s office about the incident early on Sunday.

“In the report, Kala Bhavan principal Ashok Bhowmik has requested that a probe committee be set up after the vice-chancellor’s return from Sri Lanka on October 5,” a varsity official said.

Visva-Bharati authorities also received a medical report from Pearson Memorial hospital where the girl was admitted after the alleged attack and was released after being given first aid.

Repeated calls to the injured girl’s father went unanswered.

On Monday, over 100 Kala Bhavan students took out a procession on the Visva-Bharati campus holding aloft placards that claimed the accused girl was “innocent”.

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

Students staying in the Sree Sadan hostel had on Sunday said the two girls had “some problems” with each other and often fought between themselves over trivial matters.

Some said the alleged attack could have been the fallout of their prolonged quarrel.

A team of senior officials led by officiating vice-chancellor Tapati Mukherjee had questioned the accused student after the incident.

“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,” a varsity official had said.