The latest shooting incidents in Santiniketan have sent shock waves among the students and the teachers alike. Two international students of Kala Bhavan,Yusuf and Elliot,were shot at by intruders on Friday morning and were admitted to a private nursing home in Durgapur. While Yusuf came back to Santiniketan today,Elliot was operated on and is expected to be back within a week.
Dilip Mitra,professor of painting in Kala Bhavan,said a group of students and teachers went to Durgapur and spoke to the doctors who have confirmed that Yusuf is recovering. We also have our final-year exam in April and the doctors assured he would be well by then. Both of them are bright students. Elliot is my student and he is one of the most gifted students I have come across. We were scared we had lost one of our brightest students, he said. Mitra said the cost of treatment was borne by the Kala Bhavan student fund.
Vice-Chancellor Rajat Kanta Ray visited the students on Friday.
The students and teachers today also visited the local police station to discuss the safety of students and the deteriorating condition of security in Bolpur.
Meanwhile,Anamul Sheikh and Saheb Sheikh,who were arrested in connection with the shooting have been remanded in the police custody. Both are wanted in connection with a number of other cases.