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Trinamul Backed Siksha Bondhu Leader Arrested For Kalyani Violence

2015-02-20 23:52

Siksha Bondhu leader Bikash Acharjee. Picture by PALASH SARKAR


Kalyani, Feb. 20: Police on Friday has arrested Trinamul backed Siksha Bandhu Samity’s Kalyani University unit’s secretary Bikash Acharjee for his alleged involvement in vandalism at the University’s administrative building during an agitation by non teaching employees and outsiders on last Tuesday.

[Later on Friday afternoon ‘Siksha Bondhu Samity’s another member Nityaranjan Malo, a ‘hostel helper’ by designation, who was named in the FIR as another accused, has surrendered before police on Friday morning.]

However, prime accused Anjan Dutta, a laboratory attendant and ‘Siksha Bondhu’ s Kalyani university unit’s president, still remained elusive.

[Meanwhile, vice chancellor Rattanlal Hangloo has mailed a fresh report to Governor Kesharinath Tripathy explaining ‘background’ of the Tuesday’s ruckus. University sources said, in the report Hangloo has held owners of some private B Ed college for unleashing the trouble at the campus. An officer of the varsity administration said: “In the report which has been prepared by a series of discussion between senior officers and vice chancellor, we have made it clear to the University that there was no ‘inefficiency’ or ‘inactivity’ on the part of us. Rather the clean up drive against corruption particularly of the B Ed college owners, who exploit students and become an evil force before a transparent admission, are the main key players behind the ruckus. We have also sent a number of complaints to the governor in support as received from the students of different B Ed colleges”]

Professor Hangloo, however, refused to comment on the matter. He said: “I have full faith on the state government which has taken a very positive role in ensuring peace and progress at our campus”.

Bikash (46), a regular employee, is a ‘Cook helper’ at University’s Ladies Hostel-II. He was arrested this morning from his in-laws’ house in Kanthaltala area of Kalyani town. He is also a state committee member of ‘Siksha Bondhu’.

Bikash was named in the FIR lodged by the University along with ‘Siksha Bandhu’ Kalyani University unit’s president Anjan Dutta and five others.

On Thursday police arrested Jamuna Dinda, wife of a retired University employee who was seen beating up the estate officer on television and three others associated with the varsity for the ruckus.

Bikash was produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate’s court in Kalyani and taken to police custody for three days.

SP Nadia Arnab Ghosh said: “Nityaranjan has also been arrested. However, he will be produced before the court on Saturday”.

Police have charged the accused under section 141 (unlawful assembly with criminal trespass), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter a government servant to discharge duties), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal code as well as under section 3 of the Prevention of Public property damage act.

Bikash’s lawyer advocate Sourik Mukherjee said: “Bikash has been framed. We will appeal for his bail in higher court once the custody period is over”.

SP Nadia Arnab Ghosh said: “Raids were conducted in last night in different areas to nab the accused persons in the varsity ruckus. So far five persons have been arrested. We are trying to find out others persons involved in the vandalism and expect to nab them soon”.

Meanwhile, Gagan Sarkar, president of ‘Sara Bangla Trinamul Siksha Bondhu Samity, reiterated that none of his organization member was involved in the ruckus on last Tuesday.

“The Siksha Bondhu members have been falsely implicated by the University authorities. They were targeted for their democratic demand. They were never involved in any vandalism, which I have already said was done by the outsiders”, Sarkar said.

However, Kalyani town Trinamul Congress president Arup Mukherjee said: “Some of the accused persons who are arrested are associated with our party. Nevertheless, we never prevented the law to take its own course. The party and the government as well made it clear that no vandalism at the campus will be tolerated”

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