TMC worker among four arrested in Presidency University attack case
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress was clearly on the backfoot on Friday when one of its youth wing workers was arrested in connection with Wednesday's vandalism incident at the Presidency University here.
Reports said four people were arrested on Friday, including one Trinamool Congress Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) worker. The mother of the arrested activist confirmed that he was associated with the TMCP, a news channel reported.
All the four arrested have been produced before a local court in Kolkata.
The attack on Wednesday saw a mob storm the campus and use spears and other weapons to attack students and property.
The arrests came on a day when West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan is due to visit the institution.
The Governor, who had on Wednesday minced no words in condemning the assault on TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and her ministers in Delhi by alleged SFI activists, came out with a brief but strong reaction, calling the attackers "criminals".
The West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) has also taken suo moto cognisance of the happenings which led to cries of shame across the nation. It ordered the city police to probe the matter and submit a report within two weeks.
Under attack from all quarters, the state ministers tried to undo the damage by calling the incident "trivial", while one minister indicated that the CPI-M was behind the vandalism.
Also on Thursday, the police had arrested two people "who were among those who vandalised the university", Joint Commissioner of Police Jawed Shamim said.
On Thursday, students kept away from the classes responding to a strike by the Communist Party of India-Marxist affiliated Students Federation of India (SFI) and Independent Consolidation.
The campus looked like a fortress with a large number of police personnel on vigil at the gates.
Hundreds of students, teachers, employees of Presidency University, and distinguished alumni of its former Avatar Presidency College staged a silent protest march, condemning the vandalism and demanded punishment for the miscreants.
The university authorities had sought the intervention of Governor Narayanan as well as the Chief Minister for a probe into the incident.
(With IANS inputs)