24TH AUGUST - SHAMEFUL USE OF MUSCLE POWER BY THE ADMINISTRATION
The anti – reservations protests in Kolkata suffered a jolt today when the administration used its muscle power to intimidate the protesters. This weapon had never been used by the administration during the first phase of the protests in the month of May.
The students and junior doctors of the different medical colleges and the students from the engineering, management and general colleges gathered at the Calcutta Medical College campus here today at around 1 p.m. From there they marched on towards the Writers' Building via the C.R.Avenue, one of the busiest streets of the city. But as soon as they crossed the C.R.Avenue-B.B.Ganguly Street crossing at around 3:30 p.m, the police forces suddenly attacked the peaceful rally without any warning hitherto and started the infamous lathicharge to halt the protesters. The protesters in front were brutally beaten up by the police and six students were seriously injured with vital wounds over their face, teeth and eyes with several others suffering minor injuries. The worst was yet to come as some policemen got up on the footpaths to beat up the students who were trying to shelter themselves.
In protest, the students sat on the roads and blocked the crossing demanding a public apology from the Chief Minister. However, the administration was not to throw in the towel and after a few hours, the blockade had to be withdrawn as more than 300 protesters were arrested and taken to the Lalbazar Central lock-up and were detained. The remaining of the students marched back to the Calcutta Medical College and waited for the news of their colleagues. The future plans will be made after the release of the arrested students.
However, a class-boycott has been called for in the Calcutta Medical College on the 25th of August.