Jadavpur University professor attacked by former student

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Kolkata: A 45-year-old Professor of Jadavpur University attacked on Friday outside university premises by a former post-graduate student.

The student was stalking the professor for a week and had even attempted to attack him near his residence.

The incident took place today afternoon, around 2 pm just outside gate no 4 of Jadavpur University.

Professor Abdul Kafi was sipping tea at the makeshift tea stall outside the gate when he was suddenly attacked by former post graduate student of Bangla, Rajesh Satra, who passed out in 2015.

Rajesh attacked Kafi. He pulled the professor’s hair and slapped him. The 45-year-old professor fell down. People rescued him and after preliminary medical treatment, Prof Kafi was discharged.

Satra is a resident of Arambaag. Sources from the university informed that he is a Rastriya Swaysewak Sangh (RSS) cadre.

While some also said that Satra is bit mentally imbalanced person.

But sources added that from the past few months, he has been stalking Prof Kafi and has sent him hate messages and death threats. Satra has also attempt to attack near Kafi’s residence few days back.

Some of the university students even mentioned that Satra’s social media page are full of hate messages for Prof Kafi as well as for the minority community.

After attacking Prof Kafi, Satra went to the university’s Bangla department and behaved indecently using cuss words. Later he was rounded up by security personnel and handed over to Jadavpur Police Station.

Vice-chancellor Suranjan Das said that such incidents won’t be tolerated.

General Secretary of Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA), Prof Partha Pratim Roy has condemned the attack.

“This former student has been attacking Prof Kafi for quite some time. We won’t let such incidents hamper our university’s atmosphere,” said Roy to eNewsroom over the phone.

On the basis of police complaint from JU, Satra has been arrested and a criminal case has been slapped against him under section 341, 353 and 500 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), informed a police officer of Jadavpur Police station.

The correspondent tried contacting and messaged also to Dr Kafi but there was no response from him.

Attack on Prof Kafi is not a rare incident, but one among many these days happening in and around college or university campuses in Bengal.

Only two days back, on Wednesday, another professor, of Hiralal College, Konnagar was assaulted.

Last week, President of Haldia College was assaulted by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres.

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