Kolkata: The Presidency University's faculty and students in Kolkata are on a strike on Thursday after members of the Trinamool Congress youth wing allegedly barged into the university premises on Wednesday and manhandled them. Armed with sticks, they ransacked the science lab where classes were being conducted.
Some teachers were allegedly assaulted too. The attack came despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's appeal for non-violent protests.
Female students at the Presidency University alleged that the attackers even threatened them with rape. "We were threatened with rape, beaten up. The hooligans threatened me thrice saying if I leave the campus, they'll rape me," said a student.
Presidency University Vice Chancellor Malabika Sarkar also added, "I am 100 per cent with the students. I am as shocked as my students. When I was a student I had seen this kind of violence, but not that brutal that some outside people come and break the gates. All I could see was people carrying TMC flags."
Meanwhile, the Left Front has called for a 12-hour bandh in Darjeeling on Thursday after former Left Front minister Ashok Bhattacharya and CPM state committee member Jibesh Sarkar were arrested on Wednesday. They have now been released, though 52 protesters are still in custody and will be produced in court on Thursday.
The arrests took place following clashes between TMC and CPM cadres on Hill Cart Road on Wednesday. Over 30 people were injured and the police had to resort to lathicharge.
All these clashes and protests began after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Finance Minister Amit Mitra were heckled by alleged Students Federation of India activists outside the Planning Commission office in Delhi on Tuesday.