Sunday, January 22, 2012

Presidency University:Harassed Presidency University first-year student slashes wrist in hostel

Political scuffle raised its ugly head on Thursday night at Hindu Hostel, with a harassed first-year student of Presidency University trying suicide.

Political science student Ajay Dewan of Tripura survived after slashing his wrist in the face of continuous harassment by his seniors. Ajay alleged his tormentors owed allegiance to Students Federation of India (SFI), CPM's student wing.

Trouble was brewing in ward No. two of Hindu Hostel, one time tagged the home for apolitical students. "When they applied for accommodation, seniors assured us that students lived together in harmony in ward No. two and political allegiance would not matter. But on moving in, the scenario turned hostile. They were constantly harassed. SFI students who reside in our wards made fun of Ajay," said his roommate Sumalya Mukhopadhyay, a second-year English honours student.

"Our seniors organized a ward tour to Shankarpur a few weeks back. Since they sympathized with Independents Consolidation, they were tortured and harassed and refused to go. A ward meeting was convened on Thursday. Usually, the agenda is put up on the notice board. But no agenda was mentioned for this meeting. They feared the meeting was called to harass Dewan and of us who are his friends. Our fears proved right," he said.

On Thursday night, English honours student Sumalya Mukhopadhyay alleged, "The meeting began with the SFI hostel residents of the ward accusing us of violating the code of conduct and spreading intra-ward words. They also claimed that they were promoting our political agenda inside the ward, which was one time free from politics. A vote of ward boarders on this issue was taken. Since SFI students dominate the ward, a resolution was adopted 40-8 against us."

'SFI seniors desired to throw us out'

When TOI visited Hindu Hostel, Ajay was sleeping on the ground floor along with his right wrist bandaged. "The seniors had always harassed us. They refused to go on the ward tour because they feared the seniors would intensify their ragging after consuming alcohol at Shankarpur. Hence they stayed away. The torture has been on for long and has began to bother me. I found no way out of this menace and thus ended up hurting myself," Ajay said.

Sumalya added, "Three SFI seniors then decided that Ajay, me and Nitabjyo Banerjee ought to be thrown out of the hostel. Though some seniors tried to protect us, the SFI trio was hell-bent on throwing us out. As this torture and abuse was on for weeks, Ajay went outside the room and banged his wrist against a glass door. He was bleeding profusely. They rushed him to Medical College where he received stitches. They have lodged an FIR against the SFI hostel residents."
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