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Student leader gives up

Rajabazar: Gourab Dutta Mustafi, a Trinamul Congress Chhatra Parishad leader accused of hitting a Calcutta University teacher, surrendered at the Bankshall court on Friday and got bail.

Bhaskar Chandra Das, a chemical engineering teacher, lodged a complaint with Amherst police station on Thursday alleging Dutta, 24, had slapped him and hurled abuses at him on Tuesday.

An officer of Amherst police station said cops had raided the student leader's house in South 24-Parganas on Thursday night.

"It seems he was forced to surrender as cops were looking for him," the officer said.

Dutta and some other supporters of the TMCP barged into his room on the Rajabazar Science College campus on Tuesday morning and demanded to know why BTech students of chemical engineering got poor marks in the fifth and sixth semester exams, Das had alleged in his complaint.

They got into an argument during which Dutta apparently rushed towards Das and banged his table and computer before slapping him.

Das claimed in his complaint, Dutta was "intoxicated" and threatened to ensure he lost his job.

Das on Friday said he got to know of the surrender from the media. "As a university teacher, I want the university authorities to take action against him. But I wonder if they will show the courage to take any action against him," he said.

Das had handed over a copy of the FIR to vice-chancellor Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee on Thursday and submitted a report giving details of what had happened in his room on Tuesday.

Chakravarti Banerjee had termed the attack "very unfortunate incident". "The university will take stern action against the student. We won't allow this kind of behaviour," she had said on Thursday.

On Friday night, calls and text messages to her mobile phone went unanswered.

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