Some of the arrested security guards in front of the court lock up in Jalpaiguri on Friday. (Biplab Basak)
July 27: Police today arrested eight Jalpaiguri Polytechnic college guards who are residents of a slum nearby and are suspected to have had a hand in letting outsiders enter the campus and attack some students on Wednesday night.
One of the students was knifed in the stomach and had to undergo surgery in a Siliguri nursing home yesterday.
The police yesterday detained one security guard and a youth from the slum called Sabu Roy. Today, they too were arrested and produced in court with the others. Sabu and two security guards have been remanded in police custody for three days and the others have been remanded in jail custody for 14 days.
“Nine security guards helped Sabu and his associates enter the campus. These people had attacked the students,” said Haripada Shee, deputy superintendent of police (headquarters). “All the nine guards, of whom two were on duty at the time of the attack, and Sabu have been arrested. A search is on to arrest others involved in the incident.”
The two guards who were present were manning a small gate, not the main one, of the premises. The police have not clarified, though, why the guards allowed the armed youths to enter.
Today, family members of Tanmay Dalal, the student who was knifed in the abdomen, reached Siliguri.
Subhendu Dalal, Tanmay’s father who has a battery shop in Basirhat, said: “He is my only son and is pursuing a diploma in mechanical engineering. He is in third-year and only eight months are left for the final exams. We understand his sense of insecurity but we cannot afford to shift him to another institute now. If we take such a step, his career would be ruined.”
When asked if the family was thinking of filing an FIR, Tanmay’s father and uncle Subhash only said: “Right now, our focus is on his (Tanmay’s) treatment and recovery. We want him to finish the course and return home without any other problem.”
Representatives of the students’ union of the college said they have sought immediate intervention of the polytechnic authorities to step up security on the campus. “The authorities cannot deny that inadequate security and failure of the guards to prevent local people from entering the campus led to the incident in which six students were injured,” said Sabuj Biswas, the general secretary of the students’ union.
Kamalesh Biswas, the student who suffered a chest injury, was discharged today from the Siliguri nursing home.