Jalpaiguri Engineering College Runs In Stalemate

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Jalpaiguri: The strike in the Jalpaiguri Government Engineering College (JGEC) continued for the 17th day on Sunday even as a three-member inquiry committee met some of the agitating students.

Amalendu Basu, the director of technical education of the state who heads the committee, Debkumar Mukherjee, vice chancellor of Thakur Panchanan University and Sumedha Pradhan, the ADM of Jalpaiguri, met the students at the Jalpaiguri Circuit House.

Suvasis Chanda, a second-year student who was among those who met the panel members, said: “We went to meet the members of the inquiry committee and apprise them about our movement. But the college authorities have allowed a few students involved in the strike. We have decided not to withdraw the strike. We will take our decision on the only on Monday.”

Amitava Roy, the principal of the college, said: “We have given all the information to the members of inquiry committee in details. We hope normalcy will return in the college soon.”

The second-year students have been demanding the sacking of a teacher whom they have accused of assault during a ragging row. Dipak Kumar Kole is accused of thrashing two second-year students on Thursday when they had an altercation with some first-year students over the ragging claims.

Some first-year students have complained to police that second-year students have resorted to demonstrations to conceal the fact that they had ragged some freshers.
Kole, a member of the anti-ragging committee of the institution, had tried to stop the ragging, inviting the ire of a section of second-year students involved in the alleged crime, the complainants said.

On Saturday, a group of faculty members, along with other employees, organised a sit-in. The students have written to state education minister Partha Chatterjee, mentioning that they don’t want Kole at the college.

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