Assistant registrar of Gour Banga varsity thrashed

No FIR against accused non-teaching employees till evening
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
11 Sep 2017

University of Gour Banga (UGB) faces a fresh controversy as the assistant registrar on additional charge Achintya Banerjee was manhandled by two contractual non-teaching employees on Monday at his office. Banerjee, a teacher of the varsity’s Bengali department was rendered the additional charge of assistant registrar only on September 7. Although no police complaint was lodged till evening by the varsity authorities, the aggrieved students kept demonstrating in campus demanding FIR against the two accused Chandan Mandal and Imdadul Islam alias Roni.
According to sources in UGB, Banerjee was working at his office when Mandal and Islam rammed into and started roughing him up. Initially awestruck by the sudden attack, Banerjee tried to rush away to escape rain of punches. However, the accused duo allegedly chased him. Banerjee finally got rescued as he managed to get into the chamber of Prof Gopalchandra Mishra, the vice chancellor (VC) of UGB.
It has further learnt from varsity sources that Banerjee’s policy of keeping all programmes of the varsity strictly within budget made him unpopular with a section of officials and their loyal non-teaching employees. They reportedly objected vehemently when the VC appointed Banerjee as the new assistant registrar on additional charge recently.
Prof Mishra conceded that also. “After I nominated Banerjee as the assistant registrar on additional charge, some employees including the two accused objected. However, I implemented my decision,” he said.
However, questions are being raised about the audacity of the contractual non-teaching employees to express dissent with the VC’s decision.
Banerjee, a chronic diabetic, left for home after the incident. He was available on phone only. “I’m inexplicably hurt physically and mentally. The blow was unexpected. I hope strong legal action would follow in the interest of UGB and Malda district so that such incident never recurs,” he said.
Prof Mishra, the VC also condemned the attack in strong words. “It’s a mental injury for me either. Two accused have been abstained from performing duties from tomorrow for an indefinite period. A three-member fact-finding committee has been constituted. The committee would submit report to me in a week,” the VC said.
He, however, left the responsibility of lodging FIR with the victim of the attack. “Being the head of an autonomous body it does not suit me to lodge a police complaint. If Banerjee submits an FIR to police through me, I would definitely consider,” Prof Mishra said.
Chandan Mandal, an accused denied that he had assaulted the assistant registrar. Another accused was out of contact.
Students, however, knocked the door of the VC several times urging him to take strong action against ‘culprits.’ The students demanded that VC should lodge an FIR himself against the accused as assistant registrar was beaten in his office at UGB campus.
A section of teachers and officials, on strict condition of anonymity, said that some teachers who were forced to quit their additional offices recently with the intervention of state higher education department plotted the attack on the new assistant registrar on additional charge to avenge their removal.
The VC, however said, “I have no such information in this regard. But I know many secret activities which I cannot disclose while in chair.”