Trinamool goons threatened to rape us, says Presidency University student

A day after vandalism and clashes at Kolkata's prestigious Presidency University, some students claimed on Thursday that the activists of ruling Trinamool Congress forced their way into the campus and attacked them.

Vice-Chancellor Malabika Sarkar backed her students saying that the hooligans not only beat up pupils and teachers but also tore clothes of some of them and threatened them with rape.

Sarkar said she called up senior police officers after which police personnel came to the campus but they "remained mute spectators".

She demanded a thorough investigation into the incident to find out who the assailants were as well as their political allegiance even as they carried Trinamool flags.

Students suspected that the assailants were workers of Trinamool's student wing as they accused them of unprovoked attack on them. They said the attackers carried Trinamool flags and were armed with spears and sticks.

The attackers had barged into the Presidency campus on Wednesday and vandalised properties. They assaulted students and teachers who tried to stop them.

Several departments, including the historic Baker Laboratory, was vandalised by the hooligans in retaliation to the heckling of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra by suspected SFI activists outside the Planning Commission office in Delhi on Tuesday.

Following the incident, Banerjee had cancelled her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and flew back to Kolkata, as she also termed Delhi unsafe.

On her arrival in Kolkata, she was admitted to posh private hospital Belle Vue Clinic with complaints of pain, breathing trouble and low blood pressure.

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