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Admission ruckus in Islampur

Islampur, July 18: Counselling was stopped for over an hour at Islampur College today after Chhatra Parishad students ransacked the principal’s room alleging that the admission procedure was not transparent.

Counselling for first-year students that was stopped around 1.30pm resumed after 3pm. According to principal Utathya Banerjee, today was the counselling for mathematics, English, Bengali and geography.

“Around 1.30pm, a group of 30 to 40 students entered my office and started toppling the furniture. They apparently wanted the counselling to stop. Policemen chased them away,” Banerjee said.

Priyanush Alam, the North Dinajpur president of the Chhatra Parishad, said: “We had wanted the counselling to be done transparently. The principal was going by a merit list submitted by the TMCP, which is the ruling union. Many meritorious students were left out. We were protesting peacefully when the police beat us up. We did not ransack.”

Subimal Pal, the subdivisional police officer of Islampur, said: “There was no lathi-charge. Our men just chased the students ransacking the principal’s room with their batons raised, that is all.”