Student-Stripping Case: College Forms Probe Team, 7 Days For Report


Kolkata: The authorities of St Paul’s Cathedral Mission College took note of the shameful incident within the campus and decided to form a team. The college governing body, in its meeting on Monday, set up a eight-member committee to probe into the incident and submit a report by next week. All the accused, including a non-teaching employee, have been asked to stay away from the campus till the report is submitted.

From now, outsiders will have to write down their names in the register at the college gate. The gates will close at 5pm every day, the governing body resolved. The college lodged a complaint with the Amherst Street police against Arnab Ghosh, Sheikh Enamul Haq, Avijit Dolui and non-teaching employee Ananta Pramanik. Though Ghosh claimed he was the unit president of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) in the college, the state president of the ruling party’s student arm said they did not have any unit in that college.

According to the victim, two of the accused are present students and one is a pass-out. “The college authorities have assured me of strong action. I have also been promised adequate security in the college,” the Subhasgram resident said. The victim and his five friends, who stood by him all these days, were feeling insecure because the accused were moving around the campus till the college debarred their entry on Monday.

Education minister Partha Chatterjee has instructed police to arrest the accused. “We are not going to spare anyone, no matter which political party he belongs to. The college should immediately expel the accused students. The authorities are buying time,” Chatterjee said.

Police wasted no time in slapping charges on the accused based on the victim’s complaint on Monday. “We are treating the case seriously and have registered a case under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 294 (obscene act), 339 (wrongful restraint), 340, 341 and 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 67 of the Information Technology Act,” said additional police commissioner Vishal Garg.