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CP pledge to fight for release

Alipurduar, Sept. 17: The Chhatra Parishad (CP) today demanded the release of the working president of its district committee Anup Das, who was arrested after the student wing of the Congress ransacked McWilliam High School and assaulted the headmaster on Friday.

More that 2,000 CP supporters gheraoed police stations across north Bengal and submitted a memorandum to the inspector-in-charge of Alipurduar police station. On the other hand, educational institutions throughout Jalpaiguri district remained closed today after the Nikhil Banga Shikshak Samiti, a CPM affiliate, called a strike to protest against the attack on the headmaster Sudhangshu Biswas.

Anup, a Group D staff member, was among the 11 named in an FIR filed by Biswas. Though Anup was picked up from the school, Biswaranjan Sarkar, the secretary of the school managing committee and a Congress leader, claimed that the CP leader was with him at a bank when the incident occurred.

CP supporters have also demanded the arrest of Biswas, whom they accused of forcing students to join an SFI rally held on Friday. Afterwards a group of 15-20 CP supporters had damaged the headmaster’s chamber before punching him on the face.

Sourav Chakroborty, the president of the state committee of the CP, said from Calcutta over telephone, that an ain amanoyo (defy the law) programme has been organised on September 20. “Our movement will continue till Anup is released and Biswas is arrested.”

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