The Kolkata Police on June 12 arrested five people who allegedly stripped a student naked from St Paul’s Cathedral Mission College in the end of last month which sparked outrage in the city. Among the five individuals, two were students Arnab Ghosh and Avijit Dolui, former student Sheikh Enamul Haq, an outsider Abdul Qayam Mollah and non-teaching employee Ananta Pramanik. The college authorities named them in the complaint filed on June 4 for severely torturing and making a nude video of the junior student inside the college premises. Today, June 13, the city’s Session Court had sent all the five accused in the case to jail custody till June 8.
The event took place on May 17 when the victim went to the union room to enquire about the utilization of the college funds. While they were talking, reportedly two strangers interfered which heated an argument followed by the assault. The outrageous episode was highlighted when it was uploaded on social media, which soon went viral. The short clip shows the victim asking mercy and bowing on the floor in embarrassment. St Paul’s alumni reached out to the college authorities and police demanding action. On June 3, the victim lodged a complaint with the Amherst Street police station.
The accuser Arnab Ghosh claims to be the head of the Trinamool Congress Unit in the college. However, the state president of TMC Chhatra Parishad, Jaya Dutta reported that they do not have any unit in the college. In the previous week, the victim said that after registering a FIR, he was being harassed and threatened for publicising the matter. Partha Chatterjee, the Education Minister and TMC secretary general asked the police to act in the matter and not spare anyone involved in the act.
After the disgraceful incident, the college authorities have adopted strict measures. In an official meeting on June 4, the governing body decided to close the college gates at 5:00 pm every day. Moreover, any strangers will have to enter their name in the register before entering to the college campus and write the purpose of their visit.