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Trinamul Backed Non-Teaching Employees Locked Hangloo For 7-Hours

2015-02-17 23:09

A woman beating Estate Officer Pratap Santra

Siksha Bondhu members in front of VC's secretariat Picture by PALASH SARKAR


Kalyani, Feb. 17: Members of a Trinamul backed the ‘Trinamul Siksha Bondhu Samity’, a body of ruling party’snon-teaching employees universities and colleges allegedly locked Kalyani University vice chancellor professor Rattanlal Hangloo at his chamber and manhandled an elderly lady professor during an agitation at the University’s administrative office on Monday while demanding resignation of vice chancellor for ‘arbitrarily’ issuing show cause notice to one its leaders.

The agitators had also broken at least three CC cameras installed in front of the vice chancellor’s secretariat while trying to make force entry inside his chamber.

Vice chancellor Professor Rattanlal Hangloo has alleged that a leader of Trinamul Congress of Kalyani town has masterminded today’s agitation to create disturbances inside the University campus.

Vice chancellor Hangloo said: “Since my joining to the University I have been trying to bring discipline in the campus and to raise the educational standard. I have done nothing which can damage the interest of students and employees of the university. But, a section of Trinamul leaders in Kalyani trying to create disturbances. If my resignation is needed for welfare of the University, I will resign. I will talk to the Governor and education minister and take my decision”.

VC has accused the police for inaction. “I wrote letter to the Kalyani police and SDPO seeking help anticipating trouble and also lodged complaint. I talked to SP and DM also but none came to help us to protect from the rampaging agitators”.

Professor Sujata Choudhury, teacher of Botany department, who is also proctor of the University, was allegedly manhandled by the agitators. Chaudhury, who was at the office of the proctor was dragged out by some women activists and pushed down on the ground. “I never imagined that I could be humiliated in such a way at this university”, she said.

University’s estate officer Pratap Santra was beaten up by the agitators, when he protested against hurling abusive against the vice chancellor. Santra was admitted to JNM hospital later.

Members of private security agencies who tried to resist the forceful entry of the agitators inside the VC’s secretariat were also allegedly beaten up. 

A mob of about five hundred local Trinamul Congress activists from Kalyani town and as well as members of the ‘Trinamul Siksha Bondhu Samity’, non-teaching employees’ body of Kalyani University and of other colleges and Universities barged inside the administrative building and tried to make a forced entry inside the vice chancellor’s secretariat after breaking a close circuit television camera installed in front of the entrance.

President of the ‘Trinamul Siksha Bondhu Samity’s Kalyani University unit president Anjan Dutta said: “We have launched agitation demanding resignation of the vice chancellor for his autocratic behavior. Moreover, due to his failure results of a large section of UG students are pending incomplete”.

Dutta, however, could not explain the specific incident of ‘autocratic’ behavior of the vice chancellor.

Insiders, however, claimed that the reason behind the contention is the recent show cause notice which vice chancellor professor Hangloo issued against Dutta, who is a clerk attached to the chemistry department of the University.

An officer of University on anonymity said: “Dutta recently organized a political meeting inside the university campus without taking any permission of the vice chancellor. Organizing any meeting, agitation has been banned inside the campus. Apart from this vice chancellor has issued show cause notices to some officials for dereliction of duties, for which he is quite empowered”.

Dutta’s anger increased further when the VC refused to allot a union room for ‘Trinamul Siksha Bondhu Samity’ due to ongoing ‘reconstruction and beautification works’ of the University.

Dutta, however, not available for comment on the issue. He at least thrice disconnected the calls on his mobile saying; “byasto achi”.

Moreover, a recent notice to 32 non teaching staff asking them to evacuate the University quarters have also worked behind today’s agitation.

Some family members including women members of the non teaching staff were also seen in today’s agitation.

An officer said: “The notices were issued to the 32 employees as we have found them subletting the quarters. They do not live at the quarters, but they have kept them occupied. The quarters are in poor condition which needs maintenance work”.

SDPO Kalyani Rana Mukherjee said: “WE have received no communication from the University. However, I came to know about the incident. I have informed my higher officers for further order”

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