The principal’s chamber after the rampage. Picture by Anirban Choudhury
Alipurduar, Dec. 24: Supporters of the Chhatra Parishad went on the rampage in the principal’s chamber in Alipurduar College this afternoon following a dispute over the dissolution of the institution’s students’ union.
According to acting principal Subroto Panchanan, the rampaging students overturned three almirahs full of documents, damaged furniture and a telephone and broke a glass partition. “The total loss is not less than Rs 2 lakh. I have lodged an FIR against the culprits with the local police station,” Panchanan said.
Today, around noon, Chhatra Parishad supporters went to the principal’s chamber to submit a memorandum demanding the dissolution of the SFI-controlled students’ union of the college. Last year, this was done right after the annual function. This year, the event was held on Saturday.
“I told them that the college magazine is yet to be distributed among the students. The union is expected to complete the task by the first week of January and then I will dissolve it,” said Panchanan.
This explanation infuriated the Chhatra Parishad supporters even more and they claimed that the union was also delaying the distribution of I-cards, thereby creating problems for the general students.
However, the acting principal still refused to dissolve the union and the protesting students went on the rampage.
No classes were held at the college today.
Alipurduar additional police superintendent K.B. Dorji arrived at the college with a large force soon after the incident. “I have told the acting principal to name the culprits in the FIR and I will take action against them. It does not bode well for an educational institution if the police have to be summoned every few days,” said Dorji.
The police have been called to solve disputes at the college at least 10 times this year already.
Titir Sengupta, the secretary of the Jalpaiguri district committee of the Chhatra Parishad, has denied the charges against his party. “SFI supporters went on the rampage to give us a bad name before the college elections,” he said.