Assault FIR by CU tutor

College Street: A teacher of Calcutta University's chemical engineering department, Bhaskar Chandra Das, has lodged an FIR alleging that a Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad leader has abused and slapped him.

Das named Gourab Dutta Mustafi as the accused in the FIR he lodged with Amherst police station on Thursday.

Gourab and some other supporters of the TMCP allegedly barged into Das's room on the Rajabazar Science College campus on Tuesday morning and demanded to know why poor marks had been awarded to students who had appeared in the fifth and sixth semester exams of the four-year BTech course in chemical engineering.

An altercation ensued, during which Gourab allegedly rushed towards Das and banged his table and computer before slapping him.

According to the complaint, Gourab was "intoxicated" and threatened to ensure that Das lost his job.

"I could never imagine that I would be slapped by a student. This is an insult to the teaching community. He (Gourab) was so intoxicated he could not stand straight," Das told Metro on Thursday.

"Gourab was so drunk that he had no control over himself. Immediately after hitting me he fell at my feet and kept seeking forgiveness."

Das later in the day went to the College Street campus of the university and handed a copy of the FIR to vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee. He also gave her a report detailing what had happened in his room.

The VC, who visited the chemical engineering department on Thursday morning, later said: "This is a very unfortunate incident.... The university will take stern action against the student. We will not allow this kind of behaviour. All possible steps will be taken to stop this practice."

Following an order from the university authorities, Gourab handed over to the VC on Thursday an "explanation" of his conduct. "He has admitted that there was an altercation with Das and he had used abusive language. But he has denied having slapped Das," an official said.

Chakravarti Banerjee said the matter would be placed before the university's syndicate at its meeting on February 16.


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