Visva Bharati calls for CBI probe, central forces after campus violence

Santiniketan, August 18

Visva Bharati on Tuesday demanded a CBI inquiry into the August 17 campus violence for which it blamed a ruling TMC MLA and another ruling get together leaders, and asserted the celebrated central college will stay closed till the perpetrators are dropped at e-book.

The University has additionally determined to hunt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for the deployment of central safety forces on its premises, a growth that might be a possible flashpoint with the state authorities. The prime minister is the chancellor of the college.

The vandalism on the prestigious college, based by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, has snowballed into a serious political row, after some ruling TMC supporters and varsity authorities filed police complaints towards one another.

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar threw his weight behind the college, which accused the native TMC MLA Naresh Barui of masterminding the violence.

Dhankhar Tuesday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urging her to provoke stern motion towards the perpetrators as “panic and atmosphere of fear” is prevailing at Santiniketan.

The Birbhum district TMC management blamed the vice- chancellor, the college’s “arrogant approach”, and “outsiders imported by the varsity” for Monday’s mayhem.

The heritage college was shut down indefinitely on Monday following violent protests towards Visva Bharati’s determination to assemble a boundary wall across the venue of Poush Mela, a prestigious annual cultural occasion began greater than a century in the past.

According to Shyam Singh, the Birbhum district superintendent of police, 9 individuals have been arrested for the campus violence.

Palpable pressure prevailed on the institute with barely any motion seen on Tuesday morning.

The college filed a police grievance towards Bauri, the Trinamool Congress MLA from Dubrajpur, who can be a former scholar of Visva Bharati, and two different TMC leaders, who have been current when violence happened.

Bauri denied any involvement and mentioned he was current within the peaceable protest not as a TMC chief however as a former scholar of the college.

According to police sources, locals have additionally filed complaints towards college officers, together with Vice- Chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty, blaming them for the violence.

Calling the complaints “false”, the college demanded their quick withdrawal.

“Unless the miscreants, who committed vandalism along with TMC leaders at the lead, are booked and until we are at ease through the creation of condition in which the members of the university are free from bodily harm and humiliation, Visva Bharati would remain closed,” the college mentioned in a press assertion Tuesday night.

The varsity additionally demanded that police withdraw the “false FIRs” slapped on the vice-chancellor and different college officers or else campus received’t be free from “threat of humiliation and violence”.

Police mentioned they’ve acquired complaints from each side and are trying into them.

“The executive council (of the university) has unanimously decided to write to the honourable chancellor (the prime minister) for the deployment of any of the central security forces to deal with security issues on the campus,” one in all its members advised PTI.

Meanwhile, a senior professor of the establishment has alleged a gaggle of protesters ransacked his residence early Tuesday, hours after the choice to shut the college was introduced.

Biplab Lohachowdhury, the top of the college’s journalism division, additionally mentioned he has filed a police grievance and written to the registrar of the institute to intimate him in regards to the incident.

A senior police officer in Birbhum mentioned an FIR has been lodged within the case and the matter is beneath investigation.

Governor Dhankhar, who expressed his dismay over the flip of occasions, whereas urging Banerjee to behave powerful with the perpetrators of the violence, referred to as it an “organised crime”.

“I would urge to take a proactive stance and ensure exemplary consequence to the lawbreakers,” he mentioned, including it was baffling to “note the non-responsive stance” of the police and administration to the appeals of the varsity.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh claimed “vested interests” are attempting to seize the land of Visva Bharati in tacit understanding with the native TMC management.

Trouble erupted on Monday after the fencing work started on the truthful floor, with hundreds of protesters vandalising building gear and tearing down the primary gate.

The Trinamool Congress authorities condemned the violence however threw its weight behind the protesters.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mentioned she was towards any building on the web site and requested the district administration to convene a gathering of the stakeholders.

The college authorities, nevertheless, insisted a fence across the truthful venue was required be constructed to honour an order of the National Green Tribunal, which had on November 1, 2017, mentioned {that a} “barrier needs to be constructed to demarcate the Mela ground from the university and the locality.”    University officers mentioned they are going to maintain a 12-hour quick to protest the violence on the campus the date for which will probably be introduced later. PTI


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