The incident led to a stampede among people trapped under the scaffolding while PM Modi, who was still speaking on stage, tried to calm down the situation. Modi later visited the hospital and met the victims.
This comes after the district administration wrote to the state school education department, accusing the teachers of “trying to stir up unrest” in the Hills, and requested their transfer to Presidency, Midnapore or Burdwan divisions.
CPM politburo and Lok Sabha member Md Salim says, “Students have always been anti-establishment, anti-tyranny and anti-terror. Seniors have baggage and compulsions. Students have only ideology, enthusiasm and conviction."
Under the banner of ‘Paschim Banga Griha Paricharika Samity’, which was recently recognised as a trade union by the government, the workers gathered near Sealdah railway station and marched to Rani Rashmoni Road.
Those who participate in the “vigil” say they are from right-wing groups — some from the Bajrang Dal, some from the BJP. Despite the police claiming that at least one of the deaths was a suicide, these workers believe their colleagues were murdered.
In his letters to Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind on May 7, Banerjee said the EC had passed a resolution saying the next senior most professor should become the officiating V-C and directed Sen to hand over the charge.
On May 30, Trilochon’s body was found along with a message, written on his T-shirt as well as on a paper attached to it, saying he was killed for daring to join the BJP. He had gone missing the evening before.