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'No Politics, Only Humanity": Ranaghat Convent Students Urge Politicians

2015-03-15 07:31

Students with NO POLITICS placard. Picture by ABHI GHOSH


Ranaghat, March 15: Students of Convent of Jesus and Mary High School today asked the political activists to shun their party flags and show only ‘humanity’.

They held aloft placards in front of visiting political leaders saying "no political flag, just humanity".

However, political activists do their job with much hue and cry when BJP and CPM teams separately visited the school.

BJP LEADER LOCKET CHATTERJEE AT THE CLOSED GATE OF THE CONVENT IN RANAGHAT. PICTURE BY ABHI GHOSHThe BJP team led by actor Locket Chatterjee was denied entry by the school authorities when they wanted to talk to the traumatized nuns.

Locket had to wait at the entrance for about twenty minutes until the parish priest of the church on the school premises, Father Sarod, came out and spoke to her.

Father Sarod told Locket: "We are very much thankful to you for your visit. But the persons you want to meet are traumatized and not in a position to talk to you. They have not even taken food since the incident and are crying inconsolably. I will convey your message to them."

Locket agreed not to enter inside and left the place.

Speaking to the newsmen she later said: "We have not come here to do anything unruly or break rules. The state government should act immediately and arrest the culprits. No one has been arrested till now. The administration has failed to provide security to the nuns”.

When Locket was speaking to the media, around 150 students held up the placards.

A student said: "We had heard that many political leaders would come to our school today. We don't want the intervention of politicians. A ghastly crime has been committed and we want the culprits to be arrested immediately."

Newly appointed state CPM secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra came to the school around 5pm but did not try to enter. He faced protests from a section of guardians.

Anima Mondal, whose son is a Class IV, shouted at Mishra: "We don't need the intervention of politicians. What CPM LEADER SURJAKANTA MISHRA IN RANAGHAT. PICTURE BY ABHI GHOSHaction have you taken to ensure that the culprits are arrested? You please leave. Tell us whether you can ensure security to the Sisters of the convent and the Christians in the area. Then only speak to us."

Mishra told journalists that the outburst of the local people was natural.

"The government has failed to take any concrete step regarding the incident. The security of women is in danger in the state. Bengal is now the most unsafe state for women. The government is trying to cover up the incident by ordering a CID probe," he said.

Earlier in the day chairperson of the state human rights commission, Sunanda Mukherjee, visited the school and was allowed inside.

She alleged the negligence on the part of the local police in pursing the complaint lodged by the school principal earlier apprehending attack. "Had the police acted on the complaint lodged by the school principal, this incident might have been avoided. Even after 24 hours of the incident, police failed to arrest anyone.”, she said.

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