By A Newsman
Kolkata, 03 September: SOME leading functionaries of Jadavpur University’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU) have been accused of ragging and physically harassing two fellow students at the varsity’s main hostel.
The list of accused includes FESTU’s assistant general secretary Shibam Ghosh. FETSU is a Left-leaning student body and calls the shots in JU campus much to the envy of the ruling party’s student wing the Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad.
The two students ~ Jahangir Hussain of second year economics and Parthasarathi Mal of third year electronics engineering, made the allegation by submitting a written complaint on Thursday, prompting the JU vice-chancellor Prof Suranjan Das to order a probe.
According to Jahangir and Parthasarathi, they were thrashed out of the varsity’s main hostel on Wednesday night as they had protested the ragging of some first year students by FETSU functionaries on 13 August. Parthasarathi was particularly targeted for recording the statements of the first year students as regards the ragging faced by them.
Jahangir has alleged that FETSU functionaries held a general body meeting wherein he and Parthasarathi were charged with tarnishing the image of the varsity hostel by raising the issue of ragging on social media. The GB subsequently decided to “expel” them from the hostel.
They were allegedly dragged out from the main hostel’s room no 34 and 35 on Wednesday night after they refused to obey FETSU’s diktat.
The others named in the list of accused are ~ Kailash Prasad, Soumadeep Bhattacharya, Somakraj Banerjee, Sayantan Mondal, Sashanka Dutta, Biswajit Mondal, Soumyadhyuti Ghosh and Naser.
Asked to comment on this, JU VC Prof Das said: “On receiving the complaint today, I spoke to the dean of students at once. The matter has been referred to our anti-ragging committee for a probe.”
Despite repeated attempts, accused FETSU leader Shibam Ghosh could not be reach for a comment on the allegations levelled on them. A text message to his mobile number also remains unanswered.