Kolkata, February 27: The environment in colleges and universities are vitiating with each passing day. West Bengal’s Burdwan University saw a new low on Friday when a mob attacked almost 100 students inside the campus with sticks and nail-studded batons.Also Read - Six More Jaipur Students Test Covid Positive, Parents' Worries Rise

If sources are anything to go by, unidentified miscreants entered the college taking advantage of the sudden power cut where around 700 students from colleges affiliated to Burdwan University gathered for a hunger strike on the campus demanding postponement of third year exams slated to be held in March this year. Also Read - 11 Students in Rajasthan’s Jaipur Test Positive For COVID, School Shut Till Further Orders

Without any provocation, the mob rushed in and started beating up students with nail-studded batons and sticks. Some students were admitted to a nearby hospital after they sustained injuries in the scuffle. The students accused the college authorities if irregularities in the second year exam results. (Also Read: JNU Row: Fresh posters calling India ‘Prison of Different Nationalities’ seen in campus) Also Read - This Primary School Has Asked All Its Boys & Male Teachers to Wear Skirts, Here's Why

However, one of the miscreants apprehended has disclosed that they were acting on instructions from a local leader who had links with Trinamul Congress affiliated non-teaching employees’ union. It is being alleged that the mob included Trinamul Chhatra Parishad  members and was led by local Trinamul Congress leader Sitaram Mukherjee.

According to Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and district CPI(M) leadership, the unprovoked assault by the Siksha Bandhu Samity and ‘some outsiders’ injured at least 15 members who were protesting against the erroneous results published by the colleges. TMC however denied its involvement in the matter and the police said that no official complaint has been lodged by any of the sides.

It is learnt that barely three days ago, the SFI activists, while protesting the publication of erroneous results, had apparently ransacked the university premises that prompted lathicharge by the police. Two persons — Sheikh Naseem Ahmed and Sheikh Feroz — have been arrested for their alleged role in damaging the university property.

“The attack was orchestrated by the local Trinamool student leadership, backed by the ruling party. It was an attack on students… It was done with the knowledge of the administration and even girls were not spared. The local TMC leader has been caught on camera…,” an SFI spokesperson was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Following the violence, the campus has been closed for the weekend.