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TMC worker among 4 arrested for ransacking Presidency University


Priyanka Gupta,CNN-IBN
Apr 12, 2013 at 02:26pm IST

Kolkata: Two days after the attack on the Presidency University in Kolkata by alleged Trinamool Congress workers, four people, including a TMC worker, have been arrested. Those arrested are Shubhojeet Burman, Jayanta Haldar, Vishal Jaiswal and Pushkar Kumar Das.

In the first clear admission of a TMC hand in the ransack, the mother of Shubhojeet Burman, one of those arrested, has acknowledged that her son is a Trinamool worker. All four of them will be produced in court on Friday.

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On Thursday, pictures of TMC Councillor Partha Basu were also released showing him being part of the mob ransacking the university premises. However, Basu still insists neither he nor any TMC cadre were involved in the attack. "I will resign if it can be proved that I was a part of the ransack," he said.

Meanwhile, MK Narayanan will meet students at Presidency University in Kolkata at 4.30 pm on Friday. He has been caught in a political crossfire between the Left and the Trinamool Congress after he asked the CPM to apologise for the attack on West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra by its party cadre in Delhi. The CPM lashed out at Narayanan with General Secretary Prakash Karat writing to President Pranab Mukherjee protesting against the Governor's intervention.

Hundreds of Presidency University students and teachers on Thursday hit the streets protesting the attack on their university. They marched for five kilometres condemning the violence at the prestigious Baker's Lab in Presidency University.

Suspected 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 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.

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