Two teachers of a Behala school were beaten up by a group of students, who had failed the Madhyamik and Higher Secondary selection tests, and their guardians.
The attack on the teachers of Jagatpur Rukmini Bidyamandir for Boys at Behala’s Senhati Bazar was launched after the authorities turned down the demand that all those who had failed be declared “passed”.
Students and guardians of a Santoshpur school had held the headmistress and 13 other teachers hostage for more than 24 hours on the same issue.
The authorities of the Behala school had on Monday put up a list of names of 23 Class XII and 14 Class X students who would be barred from writing the board exams next year for failing the selection tests.
The students and their parents had pleaded for re-consideration, following which the authorities held a meeting with them on Tuesday.
“At the meeting, we showed the guardians the answer scripts of their wards. They had failed in all the papers. We explained to them why it was impossible to allow the students to appear in the board exams. A section of the guardians seemed to have understood the point and left,” said Sujit Kr. Hajra, the headmaster of the school.
In an hour, however, the guardians were back in a much larger group and demanded that all failed students be declared “passed”. The men allegedly broke open the main gate of school and forced into the staff room.
“A group of around 70 had barged in. Among them were many unfamiliar faces, who were not guardians of our students. We tried to explain our stand to them but they started banging the tables and chairs and demanded that we immediately announce that the students would be allowed to take the board exams,” Hajra added.
In the melee, one of the guardians allegedly lost his balance and hit his head against the door. At this, the other guardians and the students turned violent and attacked the teachers.
“Chemistry teacher Dwipen Roy was dragged out of the staff room and was slapped and punched. English teacher Mrinal Chowdhury, too, was assaulted when he went to Roy’s rescue,” said a teacher.
“The other teachers ran for cover while the guardians and students chased them.”
The headmaster said he was forced to call police after his attempt to control the situation failed.
The police came around 2pm and chased the protesters out of the school premises. They kept the entire school barricaded till late into the evening.
“Our officers safely escorted the teachers out of the school and took two of the injured teachers to Vidyasagar Hospital, from where they were released after treatment,” said a senior officer of Behala police station, around 2.5km from the school.
The school authorities later lodged a complaint of assault against unknown men with the police station. No one was arrested till late on Tuesday.
When contacted on Tuesday night, the school authorities iterated that the 37 students would not be allowed to appear in Madhyamik and HS next year.