Student protests, violence rocks Kolkata colleges

Kolkata: Violence and unrest rocked two campuses in Kolkata on July 31 where cops had to intervene to prevent further clashes and rein in the lawlessness. A picket of police was posted outside both the academic institutions on Monday evening to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.
In Jaipuria College in Sovabazar two factions of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) bearing allegiance to two different politicians from the same union clashed with each other over territorial control and allegedly verbally assaulted their teachers and principal over their demands to allow “outsiders” enter the college and review the verification process for new admissions.
Trouble erupted in Jaipuria College when a section of TMCP members alleged that the current general secretary of the college Subhajit Dutta has been intimidating other students who bear allegiance to a different politician of TMC. In the clash that followed atleast two students were injured in their head and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
“Subhajit and his boys have been indiscriminately beating some of us for the past two weeks to establish total control over the college. Today when some of us tried to resist him, he assaulted us with a group of outsiders,” said Raunaq Dutta, a first year student with bandage on his head.
In Charuchandra College in south Kolkata students allegedly belonging to the trinamool chhatra parishad who had been creating unrest since July 29 continued their agitation. They have been demanding that some former office bearers of the union be allowed unrestricted entry into the college. They have also been demanding that the verification process for those who have taken admission this year be reviewed.
A source in the union said this will help them to get their candidates in. Till July 31 evening a group of students shouted slogans outside the principal’s office and threatened to intensify their agitation if their demands were not met.

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