An alleged incident of ransacking the office of an English medium school in Durgapur yesterday (February 7) by supporters of Trinamool Congress forced the school management to suspend classes for an indefinite period. The incident has however not been reported to the police as the main accused is a local TMC leader.
The ICSE-affiliated St. Michael’s School, operating in Bidhannagar locality of Durgapur for several years, had floated a branch at the Tansen Locality of the Steel Township in April last year. The Tansen Unit of St. Michael’s School is meant for students of pre-primary to class VII. However the school presently has students up to class V.
According to Mr Ritrajit Das, vice-principal of St. Michael’s School of Steel Township branch, they had been forced to engage the wife of a local TMC leader under pressure. But she was creating trouble as she refused to shoulder any job she was offered. Yesterday, the lady’s husband and his aides allegedly stormed into the school’s office, ransacking the office, thrashing the staff and assaulting the office bearers.
The incident took everyone by surprise and created a sense of fear and insecurity among the teachers and staff of the school. After a meeting with the guardians, the school authority took the decision of suspending classes considering the security of students and teachers.
Informed sources revealed that trouble started after the wife of the local TMC leader appointed as an office staff was asked to do other odd jobs too by the vice principal.
TMC MLA and Durgapur Mayor Apurba Mukherjee could not be contacted for his reaction on the incident as Mr. Mukherjee was in Kolkata for voting of Rajya Sabha election yesterday.