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Urine torment charge on SFI

In another instance of campus violence in Tripura, Students' Federation of India activists allegedly assaulted and then urinated on a second-year student of Kamalpur Subdivisional College in Dhalai district because he refused to join the SFI.

By Sekhar Datta in Agartala
  • Published 12.05.16
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Agartala, May 11: In another instance of campus violence in Tripura, Students' Federation of India activists allegedly assaulted and then urinated on a second-year student of Kamalpur Subdivisional College in Dhalai district because he refused to join the SFI.

Sources in the police said Alak Deb, 21, a resident of Shantipara in Ambassa subdivision, had gone to college yesterday to appear for his semester examinations. When he was leaving, some alleged SFI activists took him to a room on the campus and handed him a receipt of payment of the entry fees to join the students' organisation.

When Alak refused to accept the receipt, four to five students rained blows on him. Then he was pinned to the floor and at least two students urinated on him. They also snatched Rs 1,500, which Alak had brought to pay for examination and other fees.

The incident has drawn widespread condemnation.

No SFI office-bearer was available for comments. Repeated calls to SFI state secretary Nabarun Deb's phone went unanswered.

After the incident, Alak went to meet college principal Chhanda Bhattacharya but she was not present. Then he went to Kamalpur police station with his grandfather, Tejendra Deb, and filed a complaint.

The FIR mentions three of Alak's tormentors by name - Debanjan Das, Manoj Sinha and Birajit Debbarma. But the police are yet to arrest them. "We have registered the FIR filed by Alak Deb but the students named in the complaint are absconding. We will arrest them soon," an officer of Kamalpur police station said.

Supriyo Dutta, an intellectual, said a similar incident had taken place in the college last August when a student refused to join the SFI. A false molestation complaint was filed against him but the police were prevented from taking any action. "As punishment, the hapless boy was made to stand on the ground in front of the college and all other students were told that they could smack him with shoes. But then SFI leaders rescued him and the boy joined the SFI," Dutta said.

"The police cannot do much because of political pressure," a police officer said.