CU hostel attacked

A 20-strong group allegedly raided a hostel of Calcutta University in the Bowbazar area, ransacked rooms and assaulted inmates when they refused to vacate the premises on Monday afternoon.

By Our Special Correspondent in Bowbazar
  • Published 31.10.17
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One of the ransacked rooms of the Buddhist Students Hall. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

Bowbazar: A 20-strong group allegedly raided a hostel of Calcutta University in the Bowbazar area, ransacked rooms and assaulted inmates when they refused to vacate the premises on Monday afternoon.

The men barged into Buddhist Students Hall around 4pm, went from room to room and dragged the students out, a witness said. When some students resisted, they were beaten up.

"I was having lunch in the dining hall when I saw some men armed with hammers and rods approaching me. They asked me to leave the hostel immediately. When I refused, one of them slapped me and a few others kicked my plate," a student said.

"They grabbed my laptop and threw it on the floor," said another. "After dragging us out, they locked the rooms. The gang smashed windowpanes and broke furniture with hammers and rods."

Witnesses said the gang had left after an hour. Most of the 25 students who stay at the hostel were present during the raid.

The hostel runs out of a three-storeyed building at 4A Orphanage Lane that the university had taken on rent in 1939.

A source in the university said the ownership of the address had recently changed.

Students who were in the hostel during the attack said the men had claimed that court had ordered evacuation of the building.

University registrar Rajagopal Dhar Chakraborti, who visited the hostel after being informed about the attack, denied that any court had issued an evacuation order.

"The university is ready to abide by all court orders. But no such order has reached the university yet. There is a proper procedure for implementing a court order. We are shocked with the way a hostel was ransacked and the students were beaten up today," Dhar Chakraborti said.

The university has lodged a complaint with Bowbazar police station. "We have started a probe. The culprits are yet to be identified," an officer said.

The owner of the building could not be contacted for comment.