Mamata opposes erection of controversial wall at Visva Bharati

Shubhadeep Choudhury
Tribune News Service
Kolkata, August 17

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee aired her opposition to a wall that was on the centre of violence that erupted on Monday at Visva Bharati, the college based by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

“Tagore’s idea was that lessons would be imparted to pupils in natural settings. Too much building activities go against the idea”, Banerjee stated.

The CM was answering questions on the violent incidents that befell within the college at this time when native folks allegedly backed by the leaders of the state’s ruling TMC disrupted the college authorities’ try to erect a wall across the floor the place the annual “Poush Mela” honest was historically held.

Besides driving away the development staff, the gang additionally ransacked materials stockpiled for the work and introduced down two entry gates of the college utilizing a payloader machine belonging to the development firm entrusted the work of constructing the wall.

According to an eyewitness, pressure has been build up within the space since Saturday when the work for the wall first began.

Today, Visva Bharati Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty, accompanied by his colleagues and personal safety guards, landed up within the floor and requested the contractor to start out the work with them standing as guards towards any doable disruption.

However, quickly members of the native enterprise affiliation began gathering on the web site in energy and began ransacking the place.

Naresh Bauri, TMC MLA from Dubrajpur, was current in the course of the incident. When contacted by this reporter, Bauri stated he was opposing the development of the wall since it might give the central college the looks of a caged establishment.

The V-C’s frantic name to the chief minister, chief secretary, residence secretary and district superintendent of police – within the wake of the violence – went unanswered.

He then known as up Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for assist. It took some effort for the Governor additionally to get the CM on telephone. But he did lastly handle to talk to her.

“Just had word with Chief Minister over Visva Bharati worsening law and order scenario. She has assured that administration will take all steps to restore law and order. Am sure those enjoined with task will rise to the occasion”, Dhankhar tweeted after chatting with the CM.

A senior college member of the college instructed this reporter that they had been anticipating short-term closure of the college to be introduced.

“Though the university is open from the last two months, no academic activity has been going on and hostels are all empty in view of the situation arising out of the pandemic,” he stated.

Bidyut Chakraborty, who took over as vice-chancellor of the central college in November 2018, had earlier ordered that “Poush Mela”, a century previous carnival that drew hordes of vacationers and supplied revenue to native folks, wouldn’t be held any extra.

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