Cooch Behar, Sept. 27: Chhatra Parishad supporters filed an FIR with Kotwali police last night accusing local municipality chairman Biren Kundu for planning the attack in front of BT and Evening College here yesterday.
They have also named 14 other Trinamul workers in the complaint.
Today, Chhatra Parishad postponed a cultural programme that was scheduled in the college and took out a silent rally through the town to protest yesterday’s incident. The outfit has also announced a series of roadblocks across the district for an hour starting tomorrow noon.
“We have filed a police complaint naming Biren Kundu, who recently left the Congress to join Trinamul, for orchestrating the violence in order to gain control of the college union. We have specific information that Kundu organised the attack as part of Trinamul’s attempt to gain control of the union. The elections have to be completed by January 2014,” said Rahul Roy, state president of Chhatra Parishad.
Youth Congress district president Abhijit De Bhowmik said: “Yesterday around 200 motorcycles and 100 bicycles were smashed in the attack. A pandal erected for the freshers’ welcome programme was vandalised in front of the police. Last night, we lodged an FIR against Kundu and 14 others but not a single person has been arrested.”
Yesterday, around 200 youths waving Trinamul flags entered the college campus in town and pillaged for nearly an hour till a police team drove them out.
The incident happened a day after the state government lifted the bar on students' union elections and advised universities to hold elections in their affiliated colleges on a single day to prevent violence.
The Congress-backed Chhatra Parishad that controlled the previous union in the college had blamed Trinamul Chhatra Parishad for the incident.
Trinamul MLA from Natabari and the party’s district president, Rabindranath Ghosh, today denied the charges and alleged that Chhatra Parishad supporters were openly extorting money from the college students.
“First of all, our student wing is not involved in any way in yesterday’s incident and the charges are trumped up. Chhatra Parishad has become a den of corruption and the members extort money from students by promising them admission. They have made the atmosphere of each and every college in the district vile. People know about all this and they will give a fitting reply at a suitable time,” Ghosh said.
Cooch Behar police superintendent Anoop Jaiswal today said the police had handled yesterday’s situation well.
“The police tackled the situation properly. We have received a complaint and an investigation is on.”