Martyr bust damaged

Students a school in Kaliganj, Nadia, boycotted classes on Thursday to protest the vandalisation of a bust of an ex-student and a Kargil martyr.

By SUBHASISH CHAUDHURI
  • Published 23.02.18
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The damaged bust of Premananda Chanda. Picture by Arijit Chakraborty.

Kaliganj: Students a school in Kaliganj, Nadia, boycotted classes on Thursday to protest the vandalisation of a bust of an ex-student and a Kargil martyr.

Premananda Chanda, a former student of Sapjola Deshbandhu High School, was an artillery sepoy in the Indian Army who was killed in Kargil conflict. He was shot on June 3, 1999, while covering Indian soldiers during the Kargil conflict.

The school authorities had installed his bust along with that of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das - after whom the institute is named - a year later.

Chanda's bust was found broken on Thursday. Goons allegedly broke the iron hand-pump of a tube-well and used it to smash the bust.

"It is beyond our imagination that the bust of a soldier, who sacrificed his life to protect our country could be vandalised like this. We boycotted classes, demanding the arrest of the guilty," said Supriya Pramanik, a Class X student of the school.

Sushma De Nandy, the headmistress, said: "I personally feel ashamed. These goons have some ulterior motive, which I urged the police to find out," she said.

Based on the complaint lodged by school secretary Srimanta Kumar Bhattacharyya, the police registered a case against "unknown people" and launched a probe.

Biswadeb Chandra, the 74-year-old ailing father of the martyred soldier, said he was "shocked".