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Cachar College students demand Deputy Commissioner's apology

Cachar College students staged protest in front of the main gate of the college demanding unconditional apology from the Deputy Commissioner

Cachar College

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Aug 2022 8:21 AM GMT


SILCHAR: Cachar College students staged protest in front of the main gate of the college demanding unconditional apology from the Deputy Commissioner for allegedly harassing the principal and a teacher. On the other hand, Shasanka Sekhar Dhar, president of the governing body of the college hinted that they would go for legal action against DC Rohan Kumar Jha for his reported misbehaviour with Swadesh Ranjan Das, a teacher of Cachar College. Das had on record said that Jha had slapped him and forced him to kneel down as he reached late to collect the question papers for the 3rd and 4th grade posts examination on Sunday last.

Siddhatha Sankar Nath, principal of Cachar College was detained by the police as the DC filed an FIR against him reportedly charging him of disobeying government instructions. On Sunday police confirmed the arrest of Nath but late night he was allowed to go to home on PR bond. Nath, who was asked by police to appear in front of them on August 25, on Tuesday said, till now he was completely ignored on what ground he was picked up by police as he was not served any proper document by the administration. Nath said, hours before such important examination the district administration had detained the centre in charge without any specific charge.

Meanwhile, Assam University zone of All Assam College Principal Council at a virtual meeting had taken the resolution to lodge a complaint against Jha for beating up a college teacher and illegally detaining the principal. ACTA units, Non Teaching Employees Associations and Librarian Associations of all the colleges would jointly move the higher authorities. However ACTA central committee president Himangshu Maral on Sunday did not seem to express solidarity with Cachar College principal as he said, Nath had already crossed the red line in his conduct by violating many rules and now he would understand the real taste of being whimsical in public office. Sudarshan Gupta, central executive committee member of Cachar and assistant secretary of ACTA central committee on Sunday said he was not surprised if Nath misbehaved with the DC because the principal had exhibited anti-teacher attitude off and on. Gupta further alleged that Nath was carrying on the administration of the college in blatant violation of rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, students said since the teachers of the college did not condemn the unruly behaviour of Jha with their own colleagues, they had decided to resort to protest. On the other hand, as a gesture of solidarity with the Cachar College principal, the teachers of Assam University Teachers' Association wore black badges as a mark of protest. Vice Chancellor Rajive Mohan Pant too joined the protest by wearing a black badge.

Deputy Commissioner Rohan Kumar Jha had already denied the allegation. He had clarified that no incident of misbehaving with any teacher took place on Sunday. Lakshmi S who was the observer of the examination in Barak Valley too had reportedly said no such incident happened.

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