Higher education minister Bratya Basu has sought a report from Rabindra Bharati University on a student’s complaint of molestation and assault against some supporters of the Trinamul-affiliated students’ union.
“I have sought a report from the varsity on the student’s allegation,” Basu told Metro on Monday.
Three students of the university — Srijit Sil, Sankhya Talukdar and Kanu Mondal — have been arrested in connection with the complaint.
The complainant, a candidate of the ongoing MA first-year exams, did not write her paper on Monday allegedly because she feared a “fresh attack” from Trinamul supporters. The same fear had apparently forced her to stay away from the August 1 test, too.
After Monday’s exam ended, the girl met vice-chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Raychaudhuri and requested him to ensure proper security so that she could write the next paper, scheduled for August 12.
She also appealed to the vice-chancellor to hold a retest for the two papers she had missed so that she does not lose a year. “The main accused is yet to be arrested and I stayed away from the campus today fearing a fresh attack. Apart from that I was unwell, too,” the student told Metro.
The VC said the authorities had made all possible security arrangements for the student to write Monday’s paper. “The student has requested us verbally to arrange a retest of the two papers she has missed. We can consider the appeal only if she approaches us in writing,” said Basu Raychaudhuri. The written appeal, if it comes, will be placed before the university’s executive council.
Some supporters of a Trinamul-affiliated students’ union had allegedly assaulted her while she was returning home after writing a paper last week. In her complaint, she has said the assailants, including a girl, dragged her to a room and beat her up.
Three persons were arrested from Picnic Garden on Sunday for snatching a gold chain from a woman at Ballygunge Place on July 22. The 17-gram chain was also recovered from Ashok Mallik, Ashok Yadav and Sanjay Roy.
Two persons were arrested on Monday for making false promises of appointment in the railways in exchange of Rs 5.5 lakh per candidate. Police said Samir Majumdar was nabbed from Dakshineswar while Pronab Kar was arrested from Santoshpur. Several fake appointment letters were seized.