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Four college students held for auto brawl

Ransacked autos at Hazra. (Bibhash Lodh)

Four students of Shyamaprasad College were arrested for allegedly ransacking autos after an altercation between two students and an auto driver whose vehicle allegedly grazed their bike on Tuesday evening.

Autos on the Hazra-Behala route stopped plying for some time after the incident.

First-year students Mohammad Danish Khan and Mohammad Aqil were on the way from Sadananda Road towards Hazra Road when an auto allegedly grazed the bike’s silencer, a police officer said. The incident occurred at the busy crossing of Hazra Road and Sadananda Road around 6.30pm.

“An argument ensued but the students left the spot after some time, only to return with friends from their college a few minutes later,” said a police officer.

Police said the students attacked the autos and some of the drivers. Auto drivers Biswajit Chowdhury and Pramod Mandal had to be admitted to hospital with head injuries.

After the students left the spot, auto drivers put up a block on Sadananda Road in protest, demanding their arrest. The blockade lasted for around 10-15 minutes, causing inconvenience to commuters waiting to board Behala bound autos.

Officers of Kalighat police station reached the spot and detained four of the students from outside the college.

A group of auto drivers lodged a complaint with Kalighat police station and the students, allegedly owing affiliant to the Chhatra Parishad, were arrested. They were charged with sections related to grievous hurt with dangerous weapons and rioting.

The Calcutta district president of the Chhatra Parishad, Fazlur Rahman, described the incident as a “political conspiracy” by the auto union.

“The students did not ransack the autos. The drivers did it themselves just to frame the students,” said the student union leader of the college.

Joydeep Jana, the teacher-in-charge of Shyamaprasad College, which is the evening shift of Asutosh College, said he had no information of the incident.

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