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Dates set for CU polls

Student union elections in Calcutta will be held at 31 colleges on January 16 and at 27 colleges each on January 18 and 21.

Calcutta University colleges in Howrah will go to the polls on January 21, and those in Hooghly and South 24-Parganas on January 28. Elections on the six CU campuses will be held on January 18.

The university and the police held a series of meetings and decided to hold the campus polls at the city colleges in three phases to avoid violence. The 85 colleges that are going to the polls on the three days are in the Calcutta police area.

The police will decide which college will go to the polls on which day.

The elections at Harimohan Ghose College in Garden Reach, among “sensitive” campuses according to police, will be held on January 16.

The death of a policeman in front of Harimohan Ghose College during the filing of nominations for campus polls in February had prompted the government to temporarily ban campus elections. The ban was lifted in September.

In order to ensure adequate security on the poll day, the 85 colleges have been categorised according to their location under the eight divisions of Calcutta police — south, north, central, port, south-west, south suburban, south-east and eastern suburban.

“Since the categorisation is based on police divisions, it will be easy to maintain proper vigil on the campuses during the polls,” said a senior official of the university. “This will also help in sending reinforcements from adjacent police stations if there is trouble on any campus.”

Police sources said at least 20 of the 85 colleges have been identified 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.

The decision on whether the students should file nomination online or offline has been left to the colleges.

The deployment will be “minimum” at colleges — especially girls’ colleges — where elections have traditionally been peaceful, said a source. Debashis Biswas, the inspector of colleges, said the colleges will have to conduct the polls abiding by their respective constitutions.