Students gherao Presidency VC demanding resignation


Kolkata: Presidency University Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia has been gheraoed by the students, who are demanding her resignation after police beat up the protesting students in name of ensuring ‘safe passage’ for entry of the CM at the University. The students were protesting demanding justice for the ransacking the 100 year old Baker’s Lab of the University by the TMC goons on April 10, 2013. The students said that they would continue their protests until the Vice Chancellor resigns from her post.

The students also demanded justice for SFI leader Sudipta Gupta who was beaten to death by the Police while in custody.

Earlier, the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was showed black flags with the slogan ‘Mamata, you are not Welcome’. The students also tried to bar the State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee from entering the University. While leaving the University the CM was again shown black flags and again slogans were raised, “We have not forgotten what happened on April 2 and April 10.” The students also alleged that they were beaten up by police for protesting against the Chief Minister.

On April 2, 2013, it was alleged that SFI leader Sudipta Gupta was beaten to death by Police while being taken to Alipore Jail after being arrested during a civil disobedience rally organised by SFI. While on April 10, the same year the heritage laboratory of the Presidency University was ransacked by the TMC goons who broke open the gates of the University and entered the premises, with the police being mere spectators. They even roughed up students and teachers and also vandalised several parts of the University. Even though it was clearly seen that the attackers were holding TMC flags, the TMC leaders denied any hand behind the incident.

Mamata entered the University amid tight security while Partha Chatterjee could not enter through the main gate. He had to enter through the Derozio building.