Barasat, Sept. 1: No student has been “beaten up” yet as the governor has suggested but the whip was cracked today.
Twenty-four people arrested yesterday on the charge of assaulting a college teacher-in-charge with iron chains in North 24-Parganas have been remanded in judicial custody till Tuesday.
Manoranjan Naskar, the teacher-in-charge of Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya in Basirhat, was beaten up with iron chains by suspected SFI supporters who had come to his chamber to submit a written request.
Taking action in another incident of student attack, Gour Banga University said it would cancel the registration of 19 first-year students who allegedly chased and assaulted a varsity official for taking away answer sheets of examinees cheating in a South Dinajpur college.
Vice-chancellor Achintya Biswas said over phone from Calcutta: “We have identified 19 students who were involved in attacking the exam controller and also in cheating, and we have decided to cancel their registration. We cannot tolerate such indiscipline.”
He added that the BA Part I political science paper, for which the exam was being held yesterday, stood cancelled for Abdul Ghani Dewan College in Harirampur.
A de-registration would mean that the students would not be able to study in any college under Gour Banga University.
In Basirhat, Naskar had alleged that a group of SFI supporters, including students of the college and outsiders, beat him up with chains when he told them to leave his chamber.
The attack on Naskar had prompted the governor to say: “My take is that the students should be beaten up. Nobody has the right to beat a principal.”
Naskar had to be admitted to Basirhat subdivisional hospital for the cuts and bruises he suffered.
“I still have pain in my left arm and back. But doctors have assured me that the injuries are not serious,” Naskar said from his hospital bed.
Asked if he thought any teacher was involved in yesterday’s attack on him, Naskar said: “I don’t think so.”
Doctors attending to Naskar said an X-Ray of his arms and chest had been done along with an ECG. “But the tests have revealed nothing serious,” a doctor said.
Sanatan Das, the controller of examinations who was hit on the head, chest and arms by students of the South Dinajpur college, was released today from Malda Medical College Hospital after a CT scan.
“I have been asked to rest for a few days at home. However, I will again visit the colleges during exams. I have recommended that police help should be taken to put an end to copying. I have also told the vice-chancellor that measures that are fool-proof should be adopted,” Das said.
The additional superintendent of police of North 24-Parganas, Bhaskar Mukherjee, today said the police were trying to find out how many of the 24 arrested youths are students of the Basirhat college.
An officer in Basirhat said the police had the video footage of the attack on Naskar.
SFI leaders had yesterday lodged a counter-complaint against 11 Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) supporters in the college in Basirhat. “Those TMCP students created trouble and the police have arrested our supporters because of political reasons,” alleged Jayanti Das, an SFI leader of the college.
The state president of the TMCP, Shankudeb Panda, said in a written message: “We will not tolerate any unruly behaviour or attack on teachers, whom the TMCP holds in high esteem. Stern action would be taken against those involved if needed. Be respectful towards teachers. If some one attempts to misbehave, protest such acts. If any injustice is done to students, inform the union.”
Panda further said political conspiracy was being hatched to hush up what happened at the college in Basirhat.
“A conspiracy is being hatched to cast aspersions on the TMCP. Everyone is being asked to show restraint. Don’t get provoked,” Panda said.