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Trinamul, ABVP brawl

A student was seriously injured in a fight between supporters of the Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Dinabandhu Andrews College, Garia, on Monday.

The incident underscored the rivalry brewing between the two groups on campuses across Bengal.

Gopal Das, the vice-president of the college’s ABVP unit, and five others were allegedly assaulted after they raised questions about their rival’s involvement in admission anomalies. Das, a first-year student, had to be admitted to hospital.

Raktim Chakrabarti, in-charge of the Trinamul student unit, denied the charges and accused the ABVP of leading a mob of outsiders into the college and beating up Trinamul supporters.

“Das and several others spoke of admission anomalies. We referred to the Trinamul student union’s involvement during BEd admission at a Nadia college,” said Arka Sarathi Ghosh, president of the BJP student wing at the college.

Das alleged that Abhiskek Dutta, the general secretary of the Trinamul-led college union, attacked him and his friends when they were having lunch in the canteen. “Dutta and the Trinamul supporters asked us why we raised the issue of illegal admission at Bhaktabala BEd College in Nadia and started raining blows on us,” he said.

Ghosh along with party workers later lodged a complaint with Patuli station against Trinamul student supporters. A case has been started on the basis of the complaint, police said.

Dinabandhu Andrews College had witnessed a similar fight in July after the BJP student wing opened a unit there.

In June, ABVP and Trinamul supporters fought over the opening of an admission desk at Dhrubachand Haldar College for Boys and Girls in Dakshin Barasat, 50km from Calcutta.