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One Arrested In Santipur College Threat Case

2016-08-30 18:17

Police guarding the entrance of Santipur College. Picture by Abhi Ghosh


Santipur, Aug. 30: Police today detained a youth in connection with threatening the teachers of Santipur College allegedly at the gun point inside the teachers' room that occurred on Monday afternoon. This, however, failed to provide any relief to the teachers and students who remained panicked throughout the day and attended in poor numbers apprehending fresh tension at the campus.

The college authorities meanwhile postponed the general body meeting on the advise of the state government.

A police picket meanwhile deployed at the college campus to ensure security and the college authorities today on emergency basis installed six more CCTV cameras including at the main entrance on advise of the police to monitor movements of suspected outsiders inside the campus.

Earlier Police picked up Sudip Biswas, a Trinamul Congress activists and a former student of the college from his residence in Rail colony of Santipur town  on Tuesday morning after conduct a raid.

Police on Monday evening started a case against unidentified youths on the basis of a complaint lodged by college principal Chandrima Bhattacharjee.

A senior investigating officer said: “We have examined the cctv footage obtained from the college authorities and identified some of the youths who were seen inside the chamber of the college principal. One of the youths has so far been detained for interrogation and we are trying to trace out the others”.

Local sources said that accused Sudip is a close aide of Trinamul Congress Chatra Parishad leader Manoj Sarkar who is also former general secretary of college’s student union.

The police, however, yet to arrest Manoj Sarkar, son Trinamul Congress councillor of Ward six of Santipur Municipality Madhab Sarkar, who was seen clearly threatening the principal in the CCTV footage.

Santipur’s Congress MLA Arindam Bhattacharjee who today led a protest rally in the town alleged that police has been deliberately protecting Manoj as per the direction of the Trinamul bosses.

“Everyone knows who was behind the yesterdays attack on the teacher. The CCTV image is also quite clear. Nevertheless, police appeared to be searching in the dark”.
Today Manoj did not attend the college. Some of his close aides today attended the college to watch development at the campus.

A large police team, meanwhile, was posted in and outside the college campus. Additional SP Dinesh kumar and SDPO Ranaghat today visited the college campus and talked to the principal and other teachers to assure them of security.

As a measure to prevent access of outsiders, students were only allowed to enter campus on pproduction of their identity card and registering ther details into a check in register.

Principal Chandrima Bhattacharjee said: "We are trying to restore normalcy at the campus but the teachers and students are very panicked. Police officers today assured us of security. But students attended in very poor numbers. Some classes could not be held due to poor attendance".

IN most of the faculties, only about handful of students attended the classes today.

Kaushik Das Mahanta, a first year mathematics honors student said: "today only two classess out of six were held as the teachers refused to take class as there were only 15 students out of 165. Most of my classmates did not attend college today out of fear. The same situation is going on for past few days".

Sabana khatun of Bengali first year honors said: "The situation in the college is not conducive for study. Political tension has become a regular feature in the campus. Today only 20 out of my 80 classmates attended college apprehending tension."

The teachers meanwhile apprehending tension in the campus again due police inaction in a spate of earlier threats and attacks.

B. Samaddar, a lecturer in history said: "The situation is quite tense in the campus. On August 19 our colleague Nabendu badak was beaten up along with mathematics teachet Amarjit kundu, a complaint was lodged but police so far did not arrest none of the accused.".

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