Presidency violence: Guv apologises to students, teachers

Kolkata, April 13: West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Friday apologised to students and teachers of Presidency University, which was attacked by armed intruders on Wednesday, saying he had "failed" in his responsibility as the chancellor. Ahead of Narayanan's visit, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Malabika Sarkar from a nursing home where she was admitted following the assault in New Delhi on Tuesday, to express deep regret over the attack that saw the historic Baker laboratory of the institute vandalised. The attack was carried out by alleged Trinamool Congress students' organisation goons to protest the attack on Banerjee and some of her ministers in New Delhi by alleged SFI members

The goons, who were carrying Trinamool flags, broke open into the university campus and ransacked the property and assaulted students and teachers and even threatened students with rape. The Governor, who looked upset while speaking to the university community, said the incident was a "blot" and ensured complete safety for the students in the future. He said he would wait for the police investigation reports and put up a mechanism so that the students did not undergo similar trauma. V-C Sarkar said the CM had assured all help to the university to recover and assured that the culprits would be brought to law. Some of her ministers, however, criticised the V-C and the university registrar for speaking to the media on the matter and not the Chancellor first. The university authorities though said that they had informed the Chancellor about the incident. Meanwhile, police said on Friday that three more people had been arrested for the violence.

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