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Police scan campus threat

Calcutta police held a meeting on Monday to identify the sensitive campuses under Calcutta University ahead of the student union elections and discussed college-wise poll dates.

“We have sent a proposal to Calcutta University listing the colleges that should go to the polls on each of the three dates earlier decided,” said joint commissioner (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra.

The three dates for the college polls are January 16, 18 and 21. “Elections will be held in three divisions of the city police on the first two days and two divisions on the third,” said an officer.

Police sources said at least 20 of the 86 CU colleges in the city that will go to the polls next month have been earmarked as “sensitive”. Five of the six campuses of the university have earned the tag.

Some of the “sensitive” colleges are Ananda Mohan, Maharaja Sris Chandra, SA Jaipuria (evening), Surendranath (evening), Harimohan Ghose and Shyama Prasad.

Sources said the police feared trouble at these colleges during the filing of nomination and also on the poll day.

Representatives of Calcutta, Presidency and Jadavpur universities had held a first-of-its-kind meeting with police officers at Lalbazar on December 3 to discuss ways to hold student union elections peacefully. This is the first time the universities have joined hands to plan for the student union polls in consultation with the police.

Dupe cuffs

Ashoke Chakraborty of Behala was arrested from Bolpur on Sunday for allegedly stealing gold ornaments from at least three women and making false promises of marriage. He had “borrowed” the women’s jewellery for measurements to buy new ones. Two women had lodged complaints against him. One of the complainants is from Salt Lake.


Traffic on Basanti Highway came to a halt from 4pm to 5pm on Monday following a roadblock at Sethpur. Residents blocked the road after a brick-laden lorry hit a man and rammed into a shop.