West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday paid a surprise visit to Ashutosh College in south Kolkata and warned of stern action against those who are indulging in irregularities during the admission process of colleges.

Asutosh College in Hazra area is barely a few meters away from Banerjee’s residence. She also interacted with the students and leaders of students’ union of the college.

“I was into student politics. We used to help students in getting admissions. If some people are demanding money in lieu of admission then this is absolutely wrong. The government will take strong action against them and will not spare them,” Banerjee said.

She said that many people from economically weak background come for admission to the college and it is a collective responsibility of all to ensure that these students do not face the problem.

State education minister Partha Chatterjee on Saturday had announced that the West Bengal government will take “exemplary” action against anyone found indulging in irregularities in admission to undergraduate courses.

Chatterjee had asked students and guardians to directly lodge a complaint with the police if they were approached by anyone offering help in the admission process in exchange for money.

Chatterjee, who is also secretary general of the Trinamool Congress, has today convened a meeting of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad – the student’s wing of the party.