V-C harassment row: TMCP suspends two party activists
Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad (TMCP) on Thursday suspended its two activists from the party who had allegedly heckled Calcutta University Vice-chancellor while attending a programme at Vivekananda College for Women on last Tuesday.
The two were Wahida Khatun and Rinku Das. Both were the leaders of TMCP unit at Deshbandhu College. Wahida was the general secretary of the students union at the Deshbandhu College while Rinku was assistant general secretary of the students union.
Ashoke Rudra, TMCP president said that the two have been suspended from their primary party membership for two years.
On last Tuesday CU Vice-chancellor Sugata Marjit had been heckled by a group of students who were staging demonstration at Vivekananda College for Women demanding approval to fill up forms after failing to clear second year college examination.
According to sources in the TMCP, the two party activists have also been show-caused to explain why they behaved in this fashion before the university VC.
Around 95 students, who had been failed to clear second year examinations, started the agitation so that the college authorities promote them to the next class.
As the college authorities refused to meet their demands they put up demonstration at the college campus.
When Marjit went to the college to attend a programme the agitating students stopped his car and gheraoed him. Some students were caught on camera heckling the V-C.
Some College teachers confirmed the presence of outsiders as they could not identify some of these students taking part in the agitation.
After the incident police started an investigation and went through the CCTV footages which showed that the accused pushed the V-C when he tried to pacify them.
These students who took part in the agitation failed to secure minimum marks of 120 out of 600. Despite failing to obtain passing marks, these students tried to mount pressure on the college authorities by staging demonstration.
The college authorities criticised the unholy demands of students and clearly stated that they would not accept their demands of promoting them to the next class.