Nepal Rajbanshi, the assaulted student, at the Santipur hospital on Wednesday. Picture by Arijit Chakraborty
Krishnagar, July 9: A 19-year-old student was assaulted with revolver butts and rods allegedly by Trinamul Chhatra Parishad members at a Nadia college today, two weeks after he supposedly failed to pay the institution’s student union general secretary Rs 10,000 for his admission.
The TMCP denied involvement in the assault or demanding money for admission.
The student, Nepal Rajbanshi, has been hospitalised with injuries to his chest, forehead, lips, chin and right arm. Doctors at Santipur State General Hospital have prescribed a CT-scan of the brain and an X-ray of the right arm.
In his police complaint, Nepal’s father Bablu, a weaver, has named Santipur College TMCP general secretary Manoj Sarkar, a third-year student of the institution, and six union members who do not study in the college.
Santipur College is under Kalyani University, the affiliating body of a BEd college at the centre of a cash-for-seats scandal allegedly involving TMCP members.
Nepal said he had gone to Santipur College today to check if his name had appeared on the list of candidates selected for the pass course. He said he had not applied for the honours course after he failed to “pay Rs 10,000 to Manoj”. Repeated calls to Manoj’s cellphone went unanswered.
“I had secured 272 in my higher secondary exam and was not sure if I would get admission to Santipur College’s history honours course. So I had gone to the college two weeks ago to seek information. Some students told me to meet Manoj. Manoj told me that if I paid him Rs 10,000, he would ensure that I got admitted to the honours course. I told him I could not afford to pay so much. Then Manoj told me to bring along some of my friends seeking admission to colleges. I told him that I did not know anybody who might be interested,” Nepal said.
Nepal said he later applied for the BA pass course.
“When I went to the college today to check the list, some youths told me to meet Manoj near the college gate. When I refused, they dragged me towards the gate and beat me up on Manoj’s instructions. They assaulted me with rods and revolver butts. Some students took me to the Santipur hospital,” Nepal said.
The boy was shifted to Krishnagar district hospital around 8.30 this evening.
A doctor at the Santipur hospital said: “We referred the patient to the Krishnagar hospital because a CT-scan has to be done. He has a swelling on his forehead and complained of headache. An ophthalmologist needs to see him.”
Nepal’s father Bablu Rajbanshi said his son had identified Manoj and those who had assaulted him. “They are TMCP activists,” Bablu said.
Ayan Dutta, the president of the Nadia TMCP, accused the CPM and the BJP of hatching a conspiracy. “Neither Manoj nor any other TMCP activist is involved in the incident. I know Manoj was not present in college today. He had gone to Krishnagar town on some work,” Ayan said.
An officer of Santipur police station said the police were yet to start a case because a “forwarding letter” was needed from the college as the student had alleged that he was assaulted in the institution. “I visited the Santipur hospital and advised the student to get a forwarding letter from the college,” he said.
The teacher-in-charge of the college, Chayan Bhattacharya, said: “The incident occurred outside the college campus. So there is no question of asking the police to investigate the allegations.”