2 arrested, 3 detained for ransacking at Presidency University
Posted on: 10:44 AM IST Apr 12, 2013
Kolkata: Two days after the attack on the Presidency University in Kolkata by alleged Trinamool Congress workers, two people have been arrested and three have been detained. Those arrested are Shubhojeet Burman and Jayanta Haldar and both are not students of the Presidency University.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal Governor is now caught in a political crossfire between the Left and the TMC after he asked the CPM to apologise for the attack on Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra by his party cadre in Delhi. The CPM lashed out with General Secretary Prakash Karat writing to President Pranab Mukherjee protesting against the Governor's interventon for seeking this apology.
Earlier on Thursday, hundreds hit the streets against the attack on the Presidency University. The faculty and the students of marched for 5 kilometres condemning the violence at the prestigous Baker's Lab in the Presdiency University.
Suspected members of the Trinamool Congress youth wing allegedly barged into the university premises on Wednesday and manhandled them. Armed with sticks, they ransacked the science lab where classes were being conducted.
Some teachers were allegedly assaulted too. The attack came despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal for non-violent protests.
Female students at the Presidency University alleged that the attackers even threatened them with rape. "We were threatened with rape, beaten up. The hooligans threatened me thrice saying if I leave the campus, they'll rape me," said a student.
Presidency University Vice Chancellor Malabika Sarkar also added, "I am 100 per cent with the students. I am as shocked as my students. When I was a student I had seen this kind of violence, but not that brutal that some outside people come and break the gates. All I could see was people carrying TMC flags."