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TMCP rivals clash in college

Tamluk, Aug. 7: Two Trinamul Chhatra Parishad groups apparently owing allegiance to Subhendu Adhikari and Akhil Giri today clashed with hockey sticks and cricket bats in an East Midnapore college, leaving six injured.

The groups also ransacked the principal’s office and the students’ union room at Panskura Banamali College, prompting authorities to call police.

According to sources, trouble started in the college after followers of Anisur Rahman, the president of the district Trinamul Youth Congress, gheraoed the union office and the general secretary. They alleged that money taken from students before admissions had not been returned after the Trinamul union failed to get them seats.

Rahman is said to be close Giri, who was made the district working president of Trinamul in an alleged move by the party to clip the wings of Subhendu and his father Sisir Adhikari in East Midnapore.

“After taking money, the union members failed to secure admissions for the students. Today, we just supported an agitation by those students and their guardians,” said Juned Ahmed, one of Rahman’s followers.

According to sources, the Trinamul union in the college got divided after Giri was made the Trinamul district working president and the Adhikaris’ wings were clipped.

The union general secretary, Saharul Ali Khan, denied having taken any money to secure admissions. Sources said he was a follower of local Trinamul leader Jaidul Khan, known to be close to the Adhikaris.

General secretary Saharul said he and other TMCP leaders ran to the principal’s chamber on being chased.

“We were beaten up with hockey sticks and bats. Juned and the others ransacked the principal’s room,” Saharul said.

“They attacked us in front of the principal. The principal was heckled when he tried to pacify them,” the general secretary added.

Asked about the clash, principal Nandan Bhattacharya said: “This is an internal matter. I will not make any comment.”

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