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By A Newsman
Kolkata, 02 December: A police officer has been injured after students of Central Model School at Beck Bagan pelted stones and bricks at the police for trying to lift a road blockade at Beck Bagan Crossing near Park Circus in central Kolkata.
The students and a section of guardians of the private Central Model School had resorted to the blockade from around 11.10 am protesting a Supreme Court order asking the school to be moved out from its present disputed campus. The order came following a long legal battle between the owner of the land and the school management.
Consequent to the order, the school management closed it down on 30 November. Stating that the move has jeopardised the education of some 800-odd students, including those scheduled to appear in the school final this next year, the students and guardians took to the road blockade.
As a result of the blockade, parts of central Kolkata witnessed massive traffic snarl. Traffic came to standstill on AJC Bose Road, Exide Crossing, Camac Street and the ripple effect was being felt on several other arterial roads in the city.
After being a mute spectator till about 2.15 pm, police tried to persuade the students to lift the blockade. This resulted in an argument and eventually the agitating students began pelting stones, bricks and empty bottles at the cops.
A stone hit the additional O-C of Beniapukhur police station S K Sarkar and he received serious injuries to his right ear. Subsequent to this, a huge contingent of police led by DC Central of Kolkata Police Murlidhar Sinha and began a fresh dialogue with the agitating students and their guardians.
The blockade was lifted around 3 pm after the police officers communicated to the agitators that the state education minister Partha Chaterjee would meet the students and their guardians tomorrow for allotting an alternate campus for the school.