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Molestation charge against senior CPM leader’s son

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, October 11, 2012
First Published: 13:30 IST(11/10/2012) | Last Updated: 13:32 IST(11/10/2012)

In this season of crime against women and chaos on the campus, here’s another shocker. A third year Botany student of Bidhannagar Government College has filed a police complaint alleging that Shaptarshi Deb, son of former housing minister Goutam Deb, molested her near the college on Wednesday afternoon.

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The incident immediately took a political colour since Shaptarshi, besides being the son of a senior CPI(M) leader, is also an important functionary of the SFI, the student’s wing of the CPI(M). And the girl is the unit head of rival Trinamool Chhatra Parishad.

Ever since the change of government in the state, colleges and universities have become a battleground, with both the Trinamool and Left unions competing for supremacy. There have been several instances of not only student clashes, but teachers too have borne the brunt of the campus chaos.

According to the victim’s version, Shaptarshi Deb, along with other SFI activists, pulled at her dupatta from inside a speeding car while she was returning to college after some personal work near Labony Estate in Salt Lake. The girl also alleged that the speeding car tried to run over her.

Supantha Roy, general-secretary of the Bidhannagar College union controlled by the Trinamool Congress — elections to the union are to be held soon — the girl was first abused and when she did not pay heed to it, the occupants of the car pulled at her dupatta.

Shaptarshi Deb later said that the allegations against him were false and intended to malign him and the SFI, which promptly came to his defence. State SFI boss Debojyoti Das claimed that there were inconsistencies in the allegations of the woman.

“Her allegations were based on the assumption that she could have been harmed,” Das said, adding that the incident was pre-planned by the Trinamool. “How come the local Trinamool MLA rushed to the police station where the complaint was filed,” he asked.

The cops have started a case based on the girl’s complaint, said additional deputy commissioner of Bidhannagar Ranen Bandopadhyay.


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