Presidency alumni demands punishment for attackers

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 19:27 hrs

The alumni association of the Presidency University, Kolkata on Thursday called on the government to punish those responsible for the violent attack on the iconic institution last week.

The college had been vandalised last week as TMC student wing Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) student wing Students´ Federation of India (SFI) supporters clashed at the institution.

The miscreants, allegedly TMCP supporters, vandalised several departments including the historic Baker Laboratory last Wednesday.

Both the SFI and the TMC blamed each other for the violence.

The incident took place a day after SFI activists allegedly heckled Mamata Banerjee and manhandled West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra in New Delhi.

The SFI activists were protesting against the death of their leader Sudipto Gupta in Kolkata on Apr 2.

Sudipto died during a police action at SFI´s law violation protest in Kolkata.

In a statement signed by prominent alumni of the university, the alumni group said, on Apr 10 the college had been attacked multiple times by groups of "armed hooligans from outside bearing banners of the students´ wing of the ruling Trinamool Congress".

"These armed thugs broke into the university grounds, viciously assaulted students and teachers, and ransacked various parts of the university, including the historic Baker Laboratory

"Media reports have identified well-known Trinomool activists from the area as being present during this unprovoked and unprecedented attack. According to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, the policemen on duty inside the campus at the time remained mute spectators while this rampage was going on.

"We, the undersigned alumni of the institution, condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms," the said.

The alumni association expressed "complete solidarity with the Vice-Chancellor, students, teachers, staff and administrators of the university, who have taken a united stand against this vicious assault on one of the foremost institutions of higher learning in India."

"We demand of the state government that the attackers be immediately identified and punished, and adequate security be provided to prevent the recurrence of this shameful incident," they said.

"We call on the Mentor Group of the University, and alumni of the institution publicly associated with the current state administration and the ruling party, to issue unambiguous public condemnations of the incident, lest their silence be construed as complicity and encourage further attacks on their alma mater," they added.

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