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Bratya on leader assault

Sobhandeb and Bratya

Action will be taken in the Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay attack case once the probe team set up by Calcutta University files its report, the higher education minister said in the Assembly on Monday.

“An inquiry team is probing the incident. Necessary steps will be taken on the basis of the findings of the probe panel,” Bratya Basu said.

The minister’s statement followed a query from Opposition leader Surjya Kanta Mishra on what action had been taken against those who had attacked Chattopadhyay, government chief whip in the Assembly and a senior leader of Trinamul’s trade union Inttuc, on Calcutta University’s College Street campus on November 27.

Members of a rival faction of the Inttuc, allegedly led by Dola Sen, had grabbed Chattopadhyay by his collar and pushed him when he went to the university to attend a meeting of an employees’ union.

Chattopadhyay was in the House when the higher education minister made the statement in response to Mishra’s query. Mishra stood up in the middle of Basu’s speech and said acts of indiscipline should not be allowed at educational institutions.

He also wanted to know why Chattopadhyay’s attackers hadn’t been arrested. “You are talking about plans to promote higher education. But what is the government doing to stop violence on university campuses and why haven’t the culprits been arrested yet?” asked Mishra.

Asked about Mishra’s question later, Basu told reporters: “The education department does not have the authority to get anyone arrested.”

On the assault probe, he said: “The report will be placed before the Calcutta University syndicate for approval, following which the government will take a decision.”