Having their backs to the wall after the state government enacted a law to make a political students’ council mandatory in every government colleges and universities, desperate activists of Students Federation Of India (SFI), the CPI-M’s students’ wing, in a bid to make their presence felt on Thursday clashed with the police while staging a procession from Sealdha to Raj Bhavan demanding elected students’ union in government educational institutions.
According to SFI, seven members of the organisation sustained injuries. After the procession ran into the barricades put up the by the police, the agitated members of the SFI in a bid to beat the trap, got involved in a scuffle and tried to break through the cordon that the men in uniform had put up.
Undeterred by the mammoth police presence along with Rapid Action Force( RAF) personnel armed with the water canon vehicle, the members of the CPI-M’s students’ body tried to run amok and ran into the police after being prevented to move further. Abortive in their attempt to break free, the members staged sit-in demonstration.
Meanwhile, SFI has alleged that the police which was in large numbers, failing to control the mob, cane charged on the members of the organisation leaving five of them injured. “The police resorted to an unprovoked lathicharge on our members who were staging a peaceful procession leaving five of our members injured. Even women members were not spared”, said Soham Mukherjee, an agitated member.
Srijan Bhattacharya, SFI state secretary, said: “The government is trying to gag the students’ union including the TMCP by disbanding the political students’ union in government colleges and universities. We also want that a student representative should be included in the functioning bodies of educational institutions.”