By A Newsman
Kolkata, 04 October: TRINAMOOL affiliated student union members today vandalised the Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose College off Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata and also manhandled teachers over the demand for admission of some students who do not meet the criteria.
Media persons who rushed in hearing about the vandalism to collect news were prevented by the marauding agitators from entering the college.
The situation turn so alarming that a large posse of cops from Shakespeare Sarani police station had to rush in and rescue teachers and staff of the college whom the agitators had confined to the campus.
According to teacher-in-charge Md Afsar Ali, the Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) run student union at the college had been demanding for the past few days that 106 students recommended by them must be admitted to the first year under graduate courses. The college authorities declined to oblige as the said students do not meet the admission criteria.
Peeved at this, members of student union confined Ali to his chamber today noon. Hearing this, some teachers tried to persuade the students to lift the agitation.
But the union members instead turned unruly and started manhandling the teachers, besides breaking windowpanes, furniture, and scientific equipment on all floors of the multi-storied college building located right on busy AJC Bose Road.
Hearing the vandalism, media persons rushed to gather news, but the marauding student union members stopped them from getting into the campus. They also prevented the teachers from coming out saying that they would not be allowed to go till the admission of the 106 students was approved.
With the situation going out of control, a large team from Shakespeare Sarani police station arrived at the college and brought the situation under control. None of the vandals, however, were detained or arrested.
TMCP state president Jaya Dutta said that they would take action against the union members who carried out the unruly agitation. “We do not support such unruly act at an educational institute. The party would not tolerate those who earned it bad name,” she said over the phone.
The college authorities, in the meantime, have said that the demand for admission of the 106 students has been referred to the governing body. If the governing body says the students should be admitted despite not meeting the criteria, the authorities would do so.