Two days after vandalism pressured its closure, Bengal’s Visva Bharati College on Wednesday stayed away from a gathering referred to as by the Birbhum district administration whereas college students, native residents and merchants against the vice-chancellor’s choice to cordon off the truthful floor took half in it
Although there was no stress on and off campus on Wednesday, vandalism returned to Tagore’s Santiniketan when some miscreants sprayed black paint on a bust of the Central college’s former government council member Dr Sushovan Bandopadhyay who publicly supported vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty.
Well-known for treating sufferers for a price of only one rupee, an act that earned him the identify ‘Ek takar daktar’ (one rupee physician), Bandopadhyay was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Centre earlier this 12 months. The bust was positioned close to his house in Santiniketan by native folks.
Bandopadhyay was not obtainable for remark however the Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP) central management, which strongly condemned Monday’s vandalism and involvement of native Trinamool Congress leaders, reacted sharply.
“That is the destiny of ‘Ek Takar Daktar’ or ‘One Rupee Physician’ by the hands of TMC hoodlums in Santiniketan. The bust of Padma Shri awardee Dr Sushovan Bandopadhyay has been smeared with ink by the identical goons who vandalized Rabindranath Tagore’s Visva Bharati campus…” tweeted Amit Malviya, head of the BJP’s nationwide informational and expertise cell. The tweet was shared by the state BJP.
In Kolkata, BJP’s youth wing staff led by state president and Lok Sabha member Saumitra Khan staged an illustration and courted arrest.
In its police criticism lodged on Monday evening, the college, which later demanded a CBI probe, named Naresh Bauri, a resident of Bolpur and TMC MLA from the district’s Dubrajpur constituency. Apart from Bauri, three different TMC leaders have been additionally named as accused.
On Wednesday, Visva Bharati authorities referred to as off the proposed 12-hour quick it wished to carry in protest towards Monday’s vandalism.
The college issued a press release saying its officers can attend a gathering convened by the administration whether it is held on campus. The assertion additionally mentioned that the college desires to protect the truthful floor with a four-feet-high fence and a three-feet-high grill above it “in consonance with the aesthetics of the campus and with ecological issues”.
“The aim of the Poush Mela floor fence is to halt the entry of miscreants who come to the mela floor to have interaction in defiant and harmful actions,” mentioned the assertion which added that after darkish the bottom turns into a haven for drug addicts, alcoholics and intercourse staff.
Mamata Banerjee on Monday disapproved of the wall and mentioned, “I are not looking for any building that destroys the fantastic thing about Visva Bharati. When Rabindranath Tagore constructed Visva Bharati he wished college students to be within the coronary heart of nature and examine within the open. He didn’t need wooden and cement constructions.”
In a tweet, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar mentioned on Wednesday evening that the vice-chancellor knowledgeable that his private safety guard supplied by the state had been withdrawn from responsibility.
“VC Visva Bharati has intimated “my private physique guard, given by state authorities has immediately been withdrawn. On 17/08, 4 physique guards, stationed in VC workplace, have been withdrawn. I discover it inappropriate. Urged @MamataOfficial to take applicable steps and supply safety,” tweeted Dhankhar.
In a press release issued on Tuesday evening, the college alleged that the police didn’t take any steps to cease the vandalism though data was despatched to the district Justice of the Peace, superintendent of police, the state chief secretary, house secretary and private secretary to the chief minister. The assertion mentioned that the academics and workers have been feeling unsafe and anticipated threats to their lives.
The district police began a suo motu case on Monday afternoon after the chief minister intervened. Eight folks have been arrested for the vandalism. They have been produced earlier than the Suri court docket on Tuesday afternoon and despatched to police custody.
District law enforcement officials of their criticism mentioned that the Visva Bharati authorities said that the gang went on a rampage when building staff have been within the technique of organising a fence. The criticism mentioned that guarding the open floor was needed to guard the atmosphere as ordered by the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal in 2017.
The merchants have additionally lodged a police criticism towards the vice-chancellor. Visva Bharati has mentioned the allegations are false they usually have to be withdrawn to make the workers members really feel secure.