Goons abused Presidency girls,Mamata Banerjee must probe Trinamool role: V-C

Presidency University not like any other educational institution,says Malabika Sarkar.

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Published: April 11, 2013 3:15 pm

Vice-chancellor of Presidency University today said she would write to the Governor about yesterday’s vandalism of various departments,and appealed to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to ensure that a serious probe was conducted to identify the attackers.

“Presidency University is not like any other educational institution. What happened yesterday was shocking. I will write (to Governor) that the attackers carried Trinamool Congress flags and how they ransacked and vandalised various departments of the university,” Malabika Sarkar said.

“It is my responsibility. I will seek his advice. I had also apprised the Governor’s office of the violence yesterday,” she said.

Sarkar claimed that police stood by when students were beaten up and girl students abused.

“When we asked them to act,they said they had no order. Then why were they there? Have they come as tourists? I talked to senior police officers and they assured of full protection”.

She said she would join the students in their protest against the incident.

“The students are demanding that such violent incidents in the university campus should not be repeated and peace and academic atmosphere should prevail. I find these are justified and for that I will join them,” she said.

She said she had also told higher education minister Bratya Basu about the violence.

Noted litterateur Mahasweta Devi also criticised the incident,saying “it is very unfortunate and this only impairs the state’s image.”

When asked if her allegations were directed against the ruling party,the Presidency VC said,”My allegations are not against any political party. I am saying what I have seen. I saw them carrying TMC flags.”

She said,”I am also an alumni of Presidency college. It is not my intention to remain VC by pleasing somebody.”

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