Kolkata: Students stopped from copying in an examination and irate over a college principal intervening in their fight went on a rampage, with two separate cases of teachers being assaulted reported from West Bengal yesterday.
Strongly condemning the twin incidents, Governor M K Narayanan directed the state’s director general of police to take strict action.
Several teachers and invigilators were assaulted by students after they tried to prevent “mass cheating” during an examination in a college in South Dinajpur district. The incident happened in Dewan Abdul Gani College in Harirampur, affiliated to the University of Gour Banga.
Several teachers and the university’s controller of examination Sanatan Das had to take refuge inside a bathroom after being assaulted by a large number of students who were prevented from copying.
“I was informed that mass cheating was going on. When I reached there I asked the teachers to confiscate the answers sheets of those cheating... the students then went on a rampage, hitting and assaulting all of us,” said Das.
Police rushed to the spot and rescued the teachers.
In another incident of assault on a teacher, the principal of Kalinagar Mahavidyalaya in North 24 Parganas district, Manoranjan Naskar, was allegedly attacked by Students Federation of India (SFI) activists.
Naskar said the SFI activists had “conspired to attack him” as he had tried to intervene in a fight between members of SFI and its rival, the Trinamool Congress Chattra Parishad.