Kolkata: Two youth were killed in a clash between students and police in North Dinajpur district of West Bengal, said media reports on Friday. The incident occurred when students of Darivit High School in Islampur came face to face with the police force. The two deceased have been identified as Rajesh Sarkar and Tapas Barman. While Sarkar died at the spot, Barman was shifted to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Their families have claimed that the youths died in police firing while both police and the administration have ruled out the possibility, reported DNA. (Also read: Surgical Strike Day: We Issue Advisory Only, Clarifies Javadekar) Also Read - Bizarre! Covid-19 Patient, Declared Dead at Bengal Hospital, Returns Home One Week Later After Recovery
The students of this school in Islampur had been agitating since Monday against the recruitment of two Urdu teachers. They sought recruitment of teachers for other subjects like English, Bengali, History and Science. Darivit High School is a Bengali-medium school with a strength of 1,700 and had no students opting for Urdu. Also Read - TMC's Saugata Roy Will Quit Party Along With 4 MPs & Join BJP, Claims Arjun Singh
On Thursday afternoon, police escorted the two newly recruited Urdu teachers to the campus and students prevented them from entering the school. The students allegedly pelted stones at the police. In retaliation, police reportedly fired tear gas shells and resorted to a lathi-charge. Parents of these students and locals claim that police opened fire on the students. Also Read - Amid Spike in COVID Cases, Govt May Send More Central Teams to Other States
Many students, four locals and three policemen suffered serious injuries. “Policemen attacked us, there were no women constables on the campus. They abused us and manhandled us. What were we doing that they had to resort to lathicharge? We were just protesting against something,” a student told the daily.
Education minister Partha Chatterjee suspended the district inspector of education. However, he ruled out the allegation of police resorting to firing. “The education ministry was kept in the dark. We had no information about the recruitment. We have suspended the district inspector of education. We are investigating the matter and appropriate action will be taken. We assure the parents of the deceased that they will get justice,” said Chatterjee. However, he added that it is the handiwork of the RSS. “We feel that RSS could be behind this unrest. Not just RSS, but BJP and Left are trying to politicise the student’s death,” added Chatterjee.