The BJP on Thursday slammed Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha for claiming there was no baton-charge on demonstrating Jadavpur University students, and demanded a judicial inquiry into the violent crackdown.
With over 30,000 taxis remaining off the roads on the first day of an indefinite strike called by unions, commuters in the city are bracing for another round of hardship on Friday with the trade unions calling a "total" transport strike across the state.
Victims of a "violent police crackdown", a host of Jadavpur University students on Thursday rubbished Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha's claims that there was no baton charge on the demonstrating students and expressed apprehension of a frequent police presence in the campus.
Refuting allegations of brutal lathicharge on Jadavpur University students, Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha Thursday said the situation could have turned worse had the police not intervened as there were reports of armed miscreants entering the campus.
Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purakayastha Thursday asserted the demonstrating Jadavpur University students were not baton-charged and said the force escorted university officials who were apprehensive of their security after being confined by the students in the university premises.
Commuters were left stranded and harried on Thursday as Kolkata's taxis stayed off the roads again after their unions called an indefinite strike to press for a fare hike and to protest "police excesses".
Asserting that West Bengal government will not tolerate student indiscipline under any circumstances, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee Wednesday said the impasse at Jadavpur University can be solved through discussions and negotiations.
The vice-chancellor and registrator of Jadavpur University were today gheraoed by agitating students as they protested against the conduct of a probe into an alleged case of sexual harassment and molestation of a girl student on its campus.
With the CPI(M) failing to make a mark in the Assembly by-elections and losing its deposit in one of the seats, the party on Tuesday termed the result as disastrous and said it needs to introspect the causes behind the defeat.
The central agency Serious Fraud investigation Office (SFIO) has held 14 companies of the Saradha group guilty of running ponzi schemes where the primary source of payment to subscribers was the collections made from newly-enrolled members rather than from income generated from investments.
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday questioned the West Bengal government as to what stopped it from initiating an investigation into Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal's controversial "shoot and rape" comments.
The CBI Tuesday arrested a leader of West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress and former director general of the state armed police Rajat Majumdar in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam.