Burdwan varsity ransacked by SFI supporters
The Higher Education secretary has written a letter to the vice-chancellor asking him to give details of the incident that happened on Tuesday. The department will also talk to the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police. The university authorities will lodge complaint with the police.
The university authorities said that the SFI did not take any permission to hold a rally nor did they seek any appointment with the Vice Chancellor.
“Some students and a large number of outsiders broke open the lock of the main gate of the university and ransacked the premises,” University Vice-chancellor Smriti Kumar Sarkar said.
For the past few days the SFI had alleged that the mark-sheet given by the university authorities were full of errors. Also, there was inordinate delay in the publication of results. The university authorities held a press conference on Monday and refuted the allegations brought against them.
On Tuesday SFI supporters gathered outside the main entrance which was under lock and key. They shouted slogans against the authorities. Many of them scaled the wall and entered the campus. They broke open the lock and opened the gate. They then entered the campus and rushed to the Vice Chancellor’s office and demanded that he should come down to talk to them. Three security personnel were beaten up. The chairs and benches were broken.
They even attacked the policemen who tried to pacify them. Finally police chased them away. SFI students alleged that the police had resorted to lathicharge. The police said that most of those who had created trouble were outsiders and investigation is on to find them.
SFI also demanded resignation of the vice-chancellor, registrar and controller of examination.
The SFI had organised a rally from Burdwan railway station to the university but it was locked, Dey said, claiming that when the students tried to enter the university after breaking the lock, they were lathicharged by the police. On the publication of ‘erroneous’ result, the Vice-chancellor said the corrected result has been published in the university website early on Tuesday, at around 1 am.
Despite that, they ransacked the university premises and the authorities will lodge a complaint with the police, he said. In another incident students beat up a former student leader of ITI College at Jagacha in Howrah alleging that he used to take money to give admission to students. The police went there to bring the situation under control.