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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ex Military May Be Engaged in Panic Stricken Gour Banga Varsity

MALDA, 29 APRIL: Following the assault sometimes by the outsiders and sometimes the college students, teachers, officers and employees of the University of Gour Banga (UGB) have been reeling under an acute fright that they could be physically or mentally humiliated anytime. The controller and the deputy controller of examinations have already shifted their individual offices to the main varsity campus. The UGB authorities are also contemplating the engagement of ex-military personnel for the security of the campus.

This may be noted that UGB campus has witnessed at least three big unrests in recent past. On the first occasion a meeting of the university council (UC) had to be postponed after the Trinamul Congress supporters vehemently demonstrated in the campus. On the second time the development officer (DO) of the UGB Rajib Patitundi was allegedly humiliated in his office by the UGB unit president of Chhatra Parishad (CP) Babul Sheikh. A police complaint was lodged.

On 25 April a group of youths, introduced themselves as the students of Mald College, gheraoed the controller of examinations (COE) office. They alleged that the varsity authority was exceptionally delaying in publishing the result of reassessment. The irate students first locked and then ransacked the office. The deputy COE Sadhan Saha was allegedly assaulted. COE Rajat Kishore Dey and the registrar SS Bairagya too were abused. UGB authorites, after an emergent meeting, lodged a complaint with police this time also.

However, mere lodging complaints cannot drive away the fear of the UGB employees. The officers have already urged the vice chancellor (V-C) and the registrar to make adequate arrangements for their security. The teachers are no less scared. COE Mr Dey and his deputy Mr Saha are so panicked that they have chosen not to sit in the COE office any further. It has been decided that the office itself would be shifted within the campus. “The shifting would be complete as immediately as possible,” said Mr Dey adding that they still had a fear of being assaulted again.

A senior officer of the UGB said: “Varsity is being made soft target. There’s no guarantee of our security even inside the campus. We’re too frightened to work smoothly.”

Prof Bikash Roy of the department of Bengali also conceded that the an acute helplessness in terms of security was prevailing among the teachers. 
Dr Bairagya, the registrar of the UGB, said: “We’ve taken up the issue of security seriously. We had a meeting with the inspector in charge (IC) of English Bazaar police station in this regard.” “We have already held tenders to engage security personnel in the varsity and we’re considering that the task would be better performed by former military personnel.”

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