Day after attack on principal,24 SFI activists remanded in judicial custody

Meanwhile,Naskar,who was admitted at Bashirhat sub-division hospital on Saturday,has demanded that he be provided security.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 2, 2013 3:45:18 am

A local court Sunday remanded 24 Student Federation of India supporters in Judicial Custody till September 3,a day after the Left-backed student outfit were detained for allegedly assaulting Manoranjan Naskar,the principal of Kalinagar College at Sandeshkahli in North-24 Parganas.

Meanwhile,Naskar,who was admitted at Bashirhat sub-division hospital on Saturday,has demanded that he be provided security.

“I travel from Barasat to the college and can be attacked anywhere on the road. I would need a security person,” he said while talking to the reporters.

Reacting to Governor MK Narayanan’s comment that the boys should be beaten up,he said,“They should be put behind bars. From what they have done,one would not know if they are students or goons.”

Earlier,the PTI had quoted Governor MK Narayanan as saying that “the students who beat the teacher should be beaten up” and that “nobody has the right to beat a teacher”.

Meanwhile the area remained tense Sunday. According to the police,a clash had broken out between SFI supporters and members of TMCP —- the ruling Trinamool Congress’s student wing —- members over playing carrom on the campus. The activists from both the outfits turned up at Naskar’s chamber Saturday with complaints against each other. A brawl broke out and as Naskar tried to intervene,he was allegedly beaten up by SFI students,armed with motorcycle chains.

The SFI had filed a complaint against 11 TMCP members last night at Sandeshkhali police station,but there has been no arrests so far. “We have started a probe. There will be more arrests shortly,” said an official at Sandeshkhali police station.

In a related development at Itahar in North Dinajpore,zilla parishad member Gautam Paul,accused of beating up Swapna Mukherjee,principal of Meghnad Saha College,was seen sharing the stage with Itahar MLA during a programme at Kadamdighi.

No arrests have been made as per the complaint put in by Mukherjee after she,along with two other staff members of the college,were allegedly beaten up and the college vandalised after she caught Gautam’s wife Pompa Paul red-handed copying from some sheets during a test on August 27.

The TMCP has sent a circular to all its unit presidents saying that they should refrain from any type of violence. “The circular said that the TMCP members should not get involved in any kind of violence. If there is any trouble and they feel that their rights have been encroached upon,they should communicate it with the state leadership. If they act on their own,the state TMCP will not take any responsibility of such an act,” said Shankudeb Ponda,president,state TMCP.

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