Governor sorry for ‘failing’ Presidency

I accept that as governor and chancellor,I have failed in my responsibility to you.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:April 13, 2013 1:21 am

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan Friday apologised to students and teachers of Presidency University for this week’s violence on campus,saying he had “failed” in his responsibility as chancellor.

Ahead of the governor’s visit to the university,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar from the nursing home where she is admitted to express deep regret over the attack on the historic Baker laboratory,allegedly by hooligans of the Trinamool Congress students’ organisation.

The goons,who were carrying Trinamool flags,iron rods and spears,ransacked the lab,assaulted students and teachers,and threatened women students with rape as TMC cadres rampaged across Bengal to avenge the heckling of Mamata and finance minister Amit Mitra in Delhi by SFI activists a day earlier.

Narayanan described the incidents as a “blot” and said he would work to ensure that the students do not have to live the trauma again.

“I accept that as governor and chancellor,I have failed in my responsibility to you. I apologise to students of all universities of Kolkata and Bengal for what has happened,” he told students at Presidency. “It (the vandalism) is unprecedented and should never have happened. It is a blot on our hopes for the future and our ambitions to make this a centre of excellence.

“I will wait for what the police investigation reveals. How the goons entered the university. For the next few weeks,I will try to put in place a mechanism so that you do not undergo such trauma,” Narayanan said.

Vice-Chancellor Sarkar said Mamata had assured Presidency all help to recover,and promised that the culprits would be punished.

“I received a call from the chief minister. She assured full support to us. She said that Presidency was her dream project and she wouldn’t let anything come in the way of achieving the goal of making it a world-class university,” Sarkar said.

Police Friday said three more people had been arrested for the violence.

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