Police have sought details of the six students of an ayurveda college named in a teacher assault FIR from the teacher-in-charge of the institution.
The authorities of the JB Roy State Ayurvedic College and Hospital, on their part, have formed a committee to probe the alleged assault on Kedar Nath Sahoo and destruction of his car.
The students named in the FIR are all office-bearers of the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad-run union of the government-aided college on Raja Dinendra Street in north Calcutta. Among them are union president Amit Pandey, general secretary Mohammad Saifuddin and social committee secretary Bipin Jadav.
The six accused skipped classes on Tuesday. The union room, too, was closed during the day.
“None of the accused attended classes on Tuesday. It seems they are absconding. We have sought their details, including their addresses, so we can conduct raids,” said an officer at Ultadanga police station.
According to Sahoo’s complaint, around 15 final-year students had slapped and punched him on Monday morning for failing one of them and awarding less than 90 per cent marks to the rest in the panchakarma paper.
Sahoo, who has been teaching at the college for 12 years, is the head of the panchakarma department.
Shortly after the teacher filed the complaint, the accused students filed another, alleging that Sahoo had misbehaved with them.
Teacher-in-charge Gupteshwar Upadhyay, who had on Monday afternoon claimed that he was in the dark about the assault on Sahoo and the attack on his car, said on Tuesday: “I had gone to the doctor’s room moments after the incident but found no evidence of any assault on him”.
Upadhyay is also part of the five-member inquiry committee, the other members being the deputy superintendent and there departmental heads.
“We will investigate the matter and look into the information provided by both sides,” said Upadhyay.
Sahoo, admitted to a nursing home, said he had met Trinamul leaders Subrata Bakshi and Nirmal Maji after filing the police complaint and narrated the incident to them.