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Sunday , October 14 , 2012
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Principal gets boot

Durgapur, Oct. 13: The principal of the polytechnic college where a first-year student complained she was gang-raped by seniors and an outsider was suspended and removed from his post today for failing to stop regular “drinking sessions” in the common room by the accused.

Students of the state-run Nazrul Centenary Polytechnic in Chittaranjan near Asansol alleged today that drinking in the afternoon had become regular in the common room-cum-union room since the Trinamul Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) came to power in 2009.

They said they had complained to the college authorities several times but no action was taken.

Principal Rituparno Bose was suspended this afternoon after a probe team led by additional director (technical education) Saibal Mukherjee visited the college and spoke to the complainant and other students.

Technical education minister Rabiranjan Chatterjee said: “It is shocking that such an incident took place inside the college. The principal cannot avoid responsibility. We have suspended him and removed him from his post.”

Earlier in the day, Bose had said he was not aware of such drinking sessions as he had joined the college a few months ago. “I had asked all the security guards of our college not to allow any outsider to enter without our permission,” he said.

Bose’s cellphone was switched off after the action against him.

The students of the college alleged that a section of union leaders and outsiders created a ruckus in the common room regularly and teased girls.

“The TMCP leaders regularly drink in the afternoon and often tease girls,” a second-year student of electronics said.

The students also alleged that several local youths would join the leaders. “The student leaders and the outsiders sing loudly and thump benches,” another student said.

Several empty liquor bottles were seen lying outside the common room today.

Police sources had said yesterday that the accused — student leader Shamya Mandal, third-year students Sovana Das and Avik Ghosh, local tough Mithilesh Ojha and security guard Bholu Yadav — used to drink regularly in the common room.

The preliminary medical report of the complainant said she was sexually assaulted.

The girl’s father alleged that local Trinamul workers were pressuring him to withdraw the police complaint. “I am receiving threat calls. Strangers are approaching me on the road and saying I would land in trouble if I don’t withdraw the FIR,” he said.