In wake of the vandalism carried out by miscreants at the Visva Bharati University in Bolpur in West Bengal’s Birbhum district following a protest by students, the varsity administration on Monday stated that the losses incurred will be compensated from the vandals, along with being booked immediately.

Eight people have so far been arrested in connection with the incident, Birbhum Superintendent of Police Shyam Singh said.

“Those who were engaged in the vandalism in the campus, need to be booked immediately and stern action to be taken against them so that such occurrences do not take place in future. The University’s loss to be compensated from the miscreants immediately on the basis of the calculations made by an agency deployed by the MHRD or any other agency that the MHRD deems appropriate,” Assistant Registrar, In-charge of Public Relations, Visva Bharati said in a release.

Furthermore, the university administration stated that it is shutting down indefinitely.

“Despite an application to the SDO for imposing of Section 144 CrPC in the specified area around the Mela Ground, no action has been taken. If Section 144 CrPC was imposed, vandalism may have been avoided,” the statement added.

Earlier on Monday, some locals created a ruckus at the university campus over the construction of a fence near its Poush Mela ground as it belongs to the university. However, protestors allegedly damaged some structures leading to a bigger law and order situation.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the act and said that “such things” will destroy the culture and heritage of the state.

“Visva Bharati is a central university. Governor had tweeted and called me regarding the problem. I myself do not want any construction there which will spoil the nature’s beauty. I request Vice-Chancellor to consult DM (District Magistrate) and SP (Superintendent of Police). There should not be such things in Bengal, which will destroy the culture and heritage of Bengal,” Mamata Banerjee said.


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