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Featured Image: Bankim Sardar College in file photo.

By A Newsman

Diamond Harbour, 07 March: A group of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) activists today created mayhem at Bankim Sardar College at Canning in South 24-Parganas and set fire to the door and widow panels of the principal’s chamber over the delay in formation of the student union.

All this while the agitating students confined principal Tilak Chatterjee to his chamber, pressing for his resignation over failure to constitute the student union even as the election results were announced on 25 January.

According to Chatterjee, the TMCP group led by former general secretary of the college student union, Aritra Basu, came to his chamber around noon. They started lambasting the principal for lackadaisical attitude in forming the new student union.

“They kept on hurling verbal abuse at me for more than three hours, but I kept mum. As they tried to snatch away my mobile phone, a colleague of mine took the mobile in his custody. Having failed to instigate me, towards evening, the agitating students broke the door and window panels of my chamber, as well as the notice board. They then set them on fire,” Chatterjee said.

Subsequent to this, a police team came and rescued the principal and teachers of the college late in the evening.

Sources in the college administration said that although TMCP nominees have won in the election, the formation of the student union was held up due to a power tussle between two factions of the ruling party.

Getting to know of the hooliganism, Trinamool secretary general and education minister Partha Chatterjee suspended Aritra Basu from TMCP with immediate effect. He has also asked the college principal to send him a report naming all those involved in the vandalism, so that punitive action could be taken against them.

In a separate development, state power minister Sovandeb Chattopadhaya’s son Sayan Chattopadhaya has been suspended from Trinamool Yuva Congress for his involvement in yesterday’s vandalism at Charuchandra College in Kolkata.