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College head denies admission claim

The teacher-in-charge of Syamaprasad College said on Thursday that Riyanka Das, who has accused two students of trying to extort money from her, could not have got admitted to the BA pass course on Tuesday as she had not formally applied for admission.

Joydip Jana, the teacher-in-charge, said that as Riyanka had not applied for admission to the BA general course, her name did not figure on the list of students asked to deposit admission fees in a bank and complete the rest of the formalities.

Riyanka said on Thursday she had met the two second-year students, who allegedly identified themselves as Trinamul Chhatra Parishad leaders, at the college on Tuesday, when they returned her mark sheet saying she had been admitted to the college.

She took their claim at face value since “Eligibility for Admission in BA (gen) Syamaprasad College” (see picture) was stamped on the back of her mark sheet. “I did not verify with college officials whether I had really been admitted.”

Riyanka claimed she had handed over the mark sheet to the duo on June 27 after they promised to ensure her admission to the BA pass course. Earlier, she had applied for admission to the history (honours) course but failed to make it to the merit list.

The girl showed Metro the mark sheet bearing the stamp on Thursday but said she was unsure when the document was stamped.

Jana said had she been officially counselled to seek admission to the BA (general) course, the back of her mark sheet would have had the signature of a teacher, in addition to the stamp. He, however, could not explain who had stamped Riyanka’s mark sheet.

“I had paid the duo Rs 3,000 on July 1 as admission fee. They assured me they would take care of the rest of the process and would get me admitted. Once the admission was over, I would have to pay them another Rs 5,000,” said Riyanka.

The cash-for-seat allegation surfaced on Tuesday after the girl was said to be held captive for hours late in the evening following her refusal to pay the amount at one go.

The accused duo could not be arrested even 48 hours after Riyanka lodged a police complaint. Senior officers at Bhowanipore police station said they “are trying their best” to nab the youths.