Tuesday’s incident at Metiabruz in which a police officer was shot dead over filing of nomination forms for the students’ union elections in Harimohan Ghosh College, may be seen as a culmination of continued campus violence that has rocked the state since the change of guard in 2011.
Leave alone clashes between political groups that have become a near-regular affair in the state’s colleges; even professors and teachers were not spared in Raiganj, Rampurhat, Majdia and Berachampa colleges, among others.
While’s its not clear whether this was the first bullet that rang out in a college campus in the cycle of violence that began from the summer of 2011, it could be said for certain that the skirmish saw the first city policeman fall to bullets while dousing a raging dispute over college election.The incident has raised apprehensions on whether the state’s educational institutions are gradually turning into killing fields for goons.
State Council of Higher Education chairman Sugata Marjit however refused to accept the Metiabruz incident as reflecting the state of affairs in Bengal’s educational institutions. “It is a stray incident. The overall situation is not that bad,” Marjit said on Tuesday.
On January 5, 2012, Trinamool Chatra Parishad (TMCP) supporters allegedly beat up the principal of Raiganj University College in North Dinajpur.Barely two days later, Students’ Federation of India (SFI) supporters beat up the principal of a Majdia college in Nadia.
On January 10, 2012 TMCP workers allegedly beat up the principal and rival SFI workers at Rampurhat College in Birbhum.