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4, including main accused of Garden Reach violence, arrested

Posted on Feb 13, 10:20AM | UNI

Kolkata, Feb 12 : Four people, including the main accused, were arrested today in connection with the campus violence at Harimohan Ghosh College in Garden Reach that claimed a police officer and wounded several, one of them critically.

Sheikh Suhan, who allegedly gunned down sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury during clashes between two warring groups inside the college, was nabbed from the area in the western fringe of the city after a day-long search.

The other accused were identified as Sheikh Ibane, Aftab and Sheikh Raju.

Home Secretary Basudeb Banerjee told reporters at Writers' Buildings ' the guilties will be punished.'

It was the first incident after a lull in respect of campus violence inside educational institutions that were witnessed after the Mamata Banerjee government came to power.

Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim alleged that the incident was a 'nexus' between the CPI(M) and the Congress to foment trouble in the state.

State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya and senior CPI(M) leader Md Salim refuted the charges maintaining that the culprits belonged to ruling Trinamool Congress.

The incident occurred when the student wings of Trinamool Congress and the Congress allegedly clashed with each other over filing of nominations for the students' union poll and the police were called to control the situation.

Chowdhury, who was among other policemen engaged to disperse the warring groups, was shot at by a youth. He later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

Another youth, who also received bullet injuries, was admitted to a nearby hospital in a critical condition.

The entire area was cordoned off and a strong contingent of police was posted in the area to maintain peace.

Three people, including the son of a local Trinamool councillor, were injured in a bomb blast at a house in the same area last night.