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Five arrested for stripping of second-year college student in Kolkata

The accused had allegedly recorded the incident on their phones and circulated the clip. The victim is a student of St Paul Cathedral Mission College.

kolkata Updated: Jun 13, 2018 15:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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The victim was a member of the students’ union. He alleged he was targeted since he wanted the union leaders to submit a statement of expenditure of the money they collected in cash from the students.(File Photo/Representative image)

Police arrested five people including two students Tuesday night who allegedly stripped a second-year student of Kolkata’s 153-year-old St Paul’s Cathedral Mission College last month sparking outrage in the city.

Those arrested were students Arnab Ghosh and Avijit Dolui, former student Sheikh Enamul Haq, Abdul Qayum Mollah (an outsider) and non-teaching employee Ananta Pramanik. The college authorities had named them in the police complaint filed on June 4. On Wednesday, the City Sessions Court sent all the five accused to jail custody till June 18

An eight-member probe committee recommended the rustication of the two students that the governing body of the college endorsed on June 11. Pramanik has been placed under suspension.

The accused were absconding since the victim lodged a complaint with the Amherst Street police station on June 3.

The victim, who was a member of the students’ union, alleged that he was targeted since he wanted the leaders, Arnab Ghosh in particular, to submit a statement of expenditure of the money they collected in cash from the students.

Ghosh claimed to head the Trinamool Congress unit in the college, though the state president of TMC Chattra Parishad, Jaya Dutta, claimed that they did not have a unit in the college.

The accused students recorded the atrocity on their phones and circulated the clip. It shows the victim crouching on the floor in embarrassment.

The incident took place in the evening of May 17 at the union room of the college adjacent to the principal’s office.

The video went viral on June 2 attracting the attention of the authorities.

Last week, the victim alleged that he was being threatened after police registered an FIR.

Education minister and Trinamool secretary general, Partha Chatterjee, asked the police to act quickly on the complaint and spare none.

“I have asked the administration to take strict action against the accused without caring for which camp they belong to,” the minister said last week.

At its meeting on June 4, the governing body also decided that the college gates will close at 5 pm every day. Outsiders now have to write the names in a register before entering college. They also have to state the purpose of their visit to the campus.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 10:52 IST