Presidency vandalism: Report hints at Trinamool link in campus row

The probe report of Bengal Human Rights panel gives broad hints of involvement of TMC cadres.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 28, 2013 4:24 am

Amal Mukherjee,chairperson of the inquiry committee formed by the West Bengal Human Rights Commission to probe the vandalism at Presidency University on April 10,submitted his report today. The report gives broad hints of involvement of Trinamool Congress cadres in the incident.

Those associated with a “mainstream political party” were responsible for the ruckus,Mukherjee said. He added that the incident seemed to have no connection with student politics.

On April 10,people allegedly sporting flags of the Trinamool Congress student wing broke into the university,ransacked the historic Baker Laboratory and beat up students. The incident occurred a day after Finance Minister Amit Mitra was heckled by SFI supporters outside Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi.

Hundreds of CPM offices were reportedly attacked following the Presidency incident,which was described as “unprovoked attack on innocent students” by the university authorities and sparked a public outrage.

“Why was Presidency University targeted? It does not happen to be a stronghold of the SFI,” Mukherjee,the former principal of Presidency College,said. Expressing regret on the incident,he said the attack was “most sad” as the university is a dream project of CM Mamata Banerjee.

In his 18-page report,Mukherjee drew seven conclusions regarding what happened on the afternoon of April 10.

“The full bench of the commission will examine the report submitted by Mukherjee and take a decision accordingly,” Sujay Kumar Halder,joint secretary of the state human rights panel,said. Photographs and video footage have also been submitted with the report. The chairman of the WBHRC will meet Mukherjee on June 2.

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