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Students beat up teachers, five injured

Prevented From Copying In Exam Hall, Students Attack Teachers At Berachampa


Kolkata: Four teachers and a non-teaching employee of Chandraketugarh Sahidullah Smriti Mahavidyalya in North 24-Parganas were beaten up after they prevented some students from cheating in the examination hall.

      The college at Berachampa, North 24-Parganas, was the centre for BA, BSc and BCom examinations and around 400 students from Basirhat College took there exams here.
They have been copying rampantly for the past few days and on Friday too they tried the same. Students taking the Sanskrit exam started copying answers from textbooks. Since it was the last day of the examinations, teachers decided to act tough. Around 1.30pm — 30 minutes before the exam concluded — they seized answer scripts from three students and wrote adverse remarks on them.

      After the examination ended, as the teachers and non-teaching employees were coming out of the examination centre, a group of students, accompanied by some outsiders, pounced on them. They first attacked one of the non-teaching employees who had alerted the teachers. They beat him up with sticks. When the teachers came to his rescue, they were also beaten up.

      Zafar Ali Mondal, the nonteaching employee, and Bengali teacher Atiqul Islam were hit by rods and were critically injured. Three others, including history teacher Rupa Chakraborty, English teacher Saurabh Bhattacharyya and education teacher Sulagna Chatterjee were also injured.

     Atiqul and Zafar received deep injuries on their skulls and started bleeding profusely. They were taken to the Berachampa primary health center and shifted to a private nursing home in Barasat after their conditions deteriorated. The doctors suggested both of them to undergo CT scan.
Meanwhile, trouble broke out at Basirhat College as well. There were rumours that students from Basirhat had been attacked at Berachampa. As a result, studentsof Sahidullah college who were taking their exams in Basirhat College were also attacked by local students.
A large contingent of police, led by senior officers, rushed to Basirhat College and rescued the Sahidullah College students.
A police team also went to Sahidullah College in Berachampa and brought the situation under control.
Education minister Bratya Basu said, “I have sought a report from the vice-chancellor of West Bengal State University with which both these colleges are affiliated. We will punish the guilty irrespective of party colour.”

Bengali teacher Atiqul Islam, who was beaten up by students at Berachampa on Friday

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