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Two held for Presidency vandalism

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee said that while the government would launch a thorough investigation into the incident,the party will also investigate it internally.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
April 12, 2013 1:07:44 am

Even as two Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad supporters were arrested on Thursday for vandalism at Presidency University,TMC ministers sought to downplay the party’s involvement in Wednesday’s trouble.

Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee said that while the government would launch a thorough investigation into the incident,the party will also investigate it internally.

“I am scared of the developments at Presidency University. Those who did the mischief,whichever party they showed allegiance to,will definitely be punished. But my contention is: can you prove it was Trinamool people who indulged in this kind of vandalisation? We have different reports,’’ Mukherjee said.

Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee came down heavily on Presidency Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar,who had said that people with Trinamool flags had entered the campus and attacked students and teachers. Chatterjee said,“Before intimating the media,the V-C should have lodged an FIR and she should have informed the Governor.”

Video footage aired by TV channels showed TMC councillor Partha Basu leading protests outside the institution. Basu denied a hand in the vandalism.

Mamata stable

The condition of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who was admitted to a hospital on Wednesday,is stated to be stable. A medical bulletin released by the hospital said that she was suffering from pain in joints and legs. Governor M K Naryanan visited the hospital on Thursday.

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