VC forms probe committee after UGB teacher alleges threat to resign and quit campus

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
6 Mar 2018

Vice chancellor (VC) of University of Gour Banga (UGB) Prof Swagata Sen has constituted a 18-member enquiry committee to look into an allegation by Subhamoy Chowdhury, a teacher in the department of chemistry that he was threatened by an outsider to quit job and leave the campus. The committee headed by Apurba Chakraborty, inspector of colleges would start functioning from Wednesday.
Chowdhury has lodged an FIR too separately reporting the incident to police as learnt from varsity sources.
Chowdhury said that he was at his department in evening on Feb 28 when an outsider had threatened him with dire consequences if he refused to resign and leave the varsity.
"I couldn't identify the person who came to my department suddenly and threatened me in abusive language. Being scared I immediately spoke to the VC over phone and sent him an e-mail with details of the incident. VC left the matter of lodging police complaint to me and I moved to police thereafter," He said. Police have started a probe as learnt from sources.
Taking a note of the incident, Prof Sen also decided to form the probe committee to investigate into the complaint of Prof Chowdhury.
Prof Sadhan Saha, UGB registrar on additional charge said, "The alleged incident is undesirable. An enquiry committee has been constituted to look into the complaint."
However, a section of teachers doubted if there was a ploy behind the alleged incident to disrupt the discipline of the varsity that was being gradually restored in last four months.
Prof Saha too said, "We wonder if there is any attempt to divert attention of the authority especially when thorough probe has been initiated into elephantine monetary scams in UGB and a CID probe has been recommended from different quarters."
Chowdhury, an associate professor in department of chemistry said, "I have confidence in both my authority and police. I wouldn't comment about the motive of the threat as the probe committee would take all aspects into consideration."