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Prof lodges FIR against TMC ex-MLA over ‘assault’

Bhangar College professor Debjani Dey,who has accused a former Trinamool Congress MLA ,Arabul Islam,of flinging a jug at her and using abusive language during a meeting on April 24,is learnt to have lodged an FiR against Islam with the South 24 Parganas police station.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published: April 28, 2012 3:29:13 am

Bhangar College professor Debjani Dey,who has accused a former Trinamool Congress MLA ,Arabul Islam,of flinging a jug at her and using abusive language during a meeting on April 24,is learnt to have lodged an FiR against Islam with the South 24 Parganas police station.

Superintendent of Police,24 Parganas (South),P K Tripathi confirmed that an FIR has been lodged. “The FIR has been lodged by Dey and 9 others today.” Attempts to contact Dey failed.

However,earlier in the day,Dey had told The Indian Express that no FIR was lodged as she did not want to complain against their own president who is like family. “He is our president. I don’t want to complain against him. He is like an elder member of our family. But the fact that the whole thing is being portrayed as staged,is disconcerting,” she had said. Islam is the president of the governing body of the college.

Meanwhile,Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee has come to Islam’s defence,saying there had been nothing more than a heated exchange at the meeting.

“There had only been a heated discussion between the professor and Arabul Islam. The professor who was allegedly assaulted has not filed an FIR or gone to any hospital to get a medical certificate,” said Mukherjee.

Members of West Bengal College and University Teachers’ Association (WBCUTA) claimed they have put in written complaints to different authorities. “We have written to the education minister,DM as well as the SP of the area,apprising them how one of our association members was assaulted by the TMC leader but no action has been taken,” said Tarun Patra,secretary,WBCUTA.

Attendance in the college was thin today as well but Islam said he had done his bit to see that peace prevailed. “As president of the governing body,I met students and instructed them to ensure that there is no disruption of peace,” he said.

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