Raiganj, Aug. 28: The Trinamul Youth Congress president of North Dinajpur, Gautam Pal, has filed an FIR against the principal and staff members of Meghnad Saha College for allegedly outraging the modesty of his wife, supposedly caught cheating during the BA Part I exam yesterday.
Pampa Pal’s paper and notes were seized and sent to the disciplinary committee of the Gour Banga University.
After the incident, the principal of the college in Itahar, Swapna Mukherjee, alleged that around 20 Trinamul supporters attacked her and ransacked her office and teachers’ room.
Last night, she filed a written complaint with Itahar police, naming Pal and one Babusona, known to be a Trinamul worker, and three others.
“Gautam Pal and Babusona barged into my office and assaulted me. When two teachers and a non-teaching staff member tried to help me, they too were beaten up by the mob of about 20. Teacher Sudeb Roy and Jafer Sadek, a non-teaching staff have been admitted to the district hospital,” said principal Swapna Mukherjee, the wife of Srikumar Mukherjee, a former CPI MLA from Itahar and a minister in the Left government.
Later at night, Trinamul leader Pal filed an FIR with Itahar police against Mukherjee and other staff members of the college. He was not available for comments today.
Today, authorities of Meghnad Saha College told the police and Gour Banga University that the teachers would not conduct BA Part I exams tomorrow if adequate security was not provided to them.
“It’s been more than 24 hours but no one has been arrested. We have written to the police and the university stating that the teachers will not conduct the examination tomorrow if there was not enough security,” Mukherjee said.
Trinamul MLA of Itahar, Amal Acharjee, who is also the district president, said he had been asked by education minister Bratya Basu to inquire into the incident.
“I have asked the DPI to give me a report on the incident within seven days,” Bratya Basu said today.
“The education minister asked me to look into the matter. I have made inquiries and found out that Pampa Pal was unnecessarily harassed just because she is the wife of our youth leader. The principal is a front-ranking CPI leader and she outraged the examinee’s modesty by making male teachers and the non-teaching staff members frisked her in the name of checking for notes. The principal is indulging in dirty politics,” Acharjee said. “No one can keep calm if his wife’s modesty is outraged. But they did nothing wrong inside the college,” he added.
Gour Banga registrar Shyamsundar Bairagya said the matter was being looked into. “A team led by controller of examinations, Sanatan Das, will visit Meghnad Saha College tomorrow to make a thorough inquiry,” he said.
North Dinajpur police superintendent Akhilesh Chaturvedi said: “The police are investigating the case.”