City police chief visits college amid allegations of extortion

first_imgKolkata: Amidst complaints of extortion from students for admission to colleges, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar today visited a college in central Kolkata and spoke to the students and guardians. Kumar went to the Surendranath College in Sealdah area and interacted with students and guardians to know if they are facing any problem regarding getting admission in colleges. Police stations both in the city and districts have been asked to keep a tab on the colleges in their respective areas and take action if there are complaints of extortion, a police official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Both the police and the state education department have been receiving complaints of irregularities as several students and guardians have alleged that money was demanded from them in lieu of admission in colleges. Education Minister Partha Chatterjee yesterday said some outsiders are involved in the extortion and the government will identify them and take action. West Bengal Chief Minister Banerjee, who paid a sudden visit to her alma mater Ashutosh College in south Kolkata on Monday, said the merit list will be the only criteria for admission to colleges. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP Several persons have been arrested in connection with the alleged extortion. Chatterjee, who also had visited two colleges, asked the students to pay the admission fees to the colleges through banks if their names featured in the merit list. The Kolkata Police on Saturday posted a message on its Facebook page, urging students to inform the police if someone demands money for admission to colleges. The post said the identity of the complainant would be protected.last_img read more