Bribe slur on college accused

Amherst Street: One of the youths arrested for the alleged assault on a second-year student of St Paul's Cathedral Mission College has been accused of taking Rs 20,000 from a first-year student with the promise of fresh admission.

The first-year student has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station against Arnab Ghosh.

The student, who had taken admission in the BSc physics honours course in 2017, has said in the FIR that he approached Ghosh a few days ago seeking his help for readmission so that he could study biochemistry instead of physics.

Ghosh allegedly asked him to pay Rs 90,000 for the readmission.

The complainant said he had paid Rs 20,000 in advance to Ghosh and given him his marksheets and other documents in original for readmission this year.

But Ghosh allegedly did not do anything for the student's readmission. When the complainant tried to call him up to enquire about the matter, Ghosh's cellphone was switched off.

Ghosh was earlier accused of assaulting a second-year student and a leader of the student body and forcing him to remove his clothes in the union room.

A video clip of the second-year student pleading for mercy while being forced to take off his clothes had gone viral.

A senior officer at Lalbazar said a fresh complaint had been lodged with Amherst Street police station against one of the accused in the assault case.

"We are verifying the contents of the complaint received at the police station. Based on the allegations, charges will be drawn up against the accused," the officer said.

Sources said charges of extortion and cheating could be framed against Ghosh.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday reiterated that incidents of assault and harassment of students in educational institutions will not be tolerated and stern action will be taken against the guilty.

"The culprits will be punished no matter which party they belong to," said the minister.


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