Supporters of the Trinamul students’ wing allegedly abused and threatened teachers at Jaipuria College on Monday because they had refused to admit students in violation of the merit list.
The teachers stopped first-year admissions in all three shifts in protest and announced a suspension of classes till the students stopped “harassing” them to press for “illegitimate” demands.
The suspension of classes was lifted in the evening after the intervention of education minister Bratya Basu, who promised the college authorities “all possible steps” to ensure security of teachers.
“The teachers had resolved not to take classes from tomorrow after students threatened and abused them for refusing to admit students in disregard of the merit list,” principal Ashoke Mukhopadhyay said.
“We withdrew the decision after an assurance from the education minister that the government and Calcutta University will take all possible steps to ensure proper security of the teachers,” he added.
The Trinamul-run students’ union has allegedly been demanding that the college admit nearly 40 students at the bottom of the merit list. They staged demonstrations and gheraoed the principal and admission committee members twice in the past fortnight.
The teachers and some non-teaching staff had called a convention on the campus on Monday to discuss how to solve the stalemate when some supporters of the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) barged into the room and attacked the teachers.
“They initially tried to disrupt the meeting by squatting in front of the room and raising slogans. Later they forcibly entered the room, threatened the teachers in abusive language and attacked them,” a teacher said.
“I have been teaching at the institution for over 25 years. But never before have I been insulted by students in this way,” a senior teacher said.
Asked about the attack on teachers at Jaipuria College, education minister Basu said on the sidelines of a programme at Mahajati Sadan: “If such an incident has taken place, I would ask the principal to handle it firmly and keep the college open.”
The college authorities have called a meeting of the governing body on Tuesday to discuss ways to maintain peace on the campus.
Senior Trinamul student leader Tamaghno Ghosh declined comment on the incident.
Trinamul students’ wing supporters have been making similar demands in other colleges as well. Some of them allegedly held the principal and teachers of Maharaja Manindra Chandra College hostage for over nine hours on August 14, demanding admission to BCom courses in excess of the permissible limit.