Students allegedly belonging to Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCCP) entered the Presidency College breaking the lock of the main gate and ransacked the historic Baker Laboratory even as the policemen watched like mute spectators. The lab,which was recently renovated,was inaugurated by former President APJ Abdul Kalam on March 11 this year.
The Trinamool student wing had organised a protest march against the heckling of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra by SFI supporters in Delhi on Tuesday. Witnesses said that around 11 am,150 students belonging to the TMCCP broke the lock of the main gate and entered the campus with iron rods. They headed straight to Baker laboratory where students of Physics Department where attending their class. They also beat up three students and three teachers. The condition of two students,who received injuries on their heads,was stated to be critical.
It is also being alleged that some TMC men chased girl students across the university campus and threatened them with rape and assault.
Vice-Chancellor of the university,Malabika Sarkar,questioned the role of the police into the entire incident: It was an unprovoked attack on the students,and despite police being posted inside the campus,how can outsiders enter the campus? As Governor is the Chancellor of the university,we have informed him, she said. An FIR has been lodged by the police in connection with the incident.
Both SFI and Independent Consolidation,the two students union of the university,have called a strike on Thursday to protest the assault on the students and teachers by the TMCCP members.
Meanwhile,violent as well as non-violent protests by Trinamool workers continued in the state as they ransacked several Left Front party offices. Fresh violence erupted in North Dinajpur,South Dinajpur,Cooch Behar,Malda,Siliguri,South 24-Parganas,Birbhum,Bankura and Burdwan.
According to police,as many as 36 CPM party offices were ransacked on Wednesday. Cooch Behar district bore the maximum brunt as 86 CPM party offices and 19 Forward Bloc offices were either ransacked or torched on Wednesday.
In Siliguri,supporters of CPM and Trinamool clashed,and police resorted to lathicharge and used water canons to disperse the crowd. Police,also detained CPM leader and former municipal affairs minister Ashok Bhattacharya and partys district secretary Jibesh Sarkar. Along with them,25 CPM party workers were also picked up. Bhattacharya said Trinamool minister Gautam Deb had led a mob which attacked the CPM party office in Siliguri.
Over 1,000 Left Front offices across the state and 105 in Cooch Behar alone were ransacked, said Left Front chairman Biman Bose.