Pappu Singh, Presidency’s guard for more than 15 years, has been transferred to a college in Jhargram allegedly because the government is unhappy with him for identifying the people who had ransacked the campus carrying Trinamul flags.
The transfer order, signed by the director of public instruction (DPI), reached the university on Tuesday afternoon. Three other non-teaching employees have been transferred.
Singh, whose father and grandfather too were guards at Presidency, will have to join Jhargram Raj College in West Midnapore within 15 days. He had opted to continue at the institution when it became a university but since he is an appointee of the erstwhile Presidency College, the government was within its rights to reject his application, said a university official.
“There are instances of Group D employees of a government college being transferred to another government college. This is a routine transfer,” said DPI Dipak Mandal.
But Amal Mukhopadhyay, who was principal of the erstwhile Presidency College from 1991 to 1997, said: “The transfer smacks of the government’s vindictive attitude. I have never heard of a Group D employee being transferred during my teaching career, spanning more than four decades.”
Mukhopadhyay added Group D employees were transferred “only as punishment or if they seek mutual transfer”. He urged the Presidency authorities to protest the transfer.
State industries minister Partha Chatterjee had accused Singh of provoking the mob attack.
Singh, who is in his home in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh, said he had not heard of the order.
Singh had described to cops how outsiders carrying Trinamul flags had forced their way into the campus on April 10. He had to face several rounds of grilling after the incident that saw students being beaten up and an MSc physics laboratory ransacked.
The officer-in-charge of Jorasanko police station and a sub-inspector had visited the campus to question Pappu, and in his absence interrogated his wife Rekha for over an hour and sought his bank details. In violation of norms laid down by the Supreme Court, no policewoman was present during the session.