Friday, July 10, 2009

Maoists warn V-B against administrative anomalies

;Snehamoy Chakraborty
SANTINIKETAN, 9 JULY: It seems that the Maoists have kept a close eye on Visva-Bharati’s administrative activities. Signed letters have been sent to senior officials of V-B including its Vice-Chancellor, registrar and principals of different Bhavans last Tuesday by the Maoists threatening action against senior officials if they do not take stride of V-B's administrative work.
This is the first time that Maoists have directly threatened the V-B’s Vice-Chancellor alleging that his shortcomings as a V-C and lack of foresight was affecting the university's functioning. Through the letter, Maoists have warned that if the university's functioning is affected by such irregularities, it would lead to its ruin soon.
They have accused the V-B administration, chiefly its V-C, of poor administrative skills. In a letter (a copy of which is with The Statesman) it has been written: “People have become familiar with the performance of the employees those have been selected by your (V-C) recommendation in the university.”
The letters were sent through courier on Tuesday to the principals of V-B’s different departments including Sikhsha Bhavana. In the letter Maoists have asked the V-C to rectify himself and to direct his employees to honour their duties. The letters have been addressed to the V-C and at the bottom bears the signature of one Laxman Murmu, and name of four districts including Birbhum, Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore.
The V-B authorities have kept mum on the issue, though senior officials discussed the matter yesterday. “It is true that the letter has been couriered to the different Bhavanas, including the V-C and the registrar. But, the administration has not paid any heed and ignored this sensitive matter. They are apprehending that it is a trick played out by some people,” said a senior V-B official on condition of anonymity.
V-B spokesperson, Mr Amitabha Choudhury told The Statesman that he was not aware of the incident, as the authorities have not informed him about this officially so far. But, police are mulling to start a probe in this connection after V-B officials reported the matter to them. SP, Birbhum, Mr LN Meena said that police will enquire into the matter. It may be recalled that seven Maoists’ posters protesting against police atrocity at Lalgarh were recovered from the university campus recently.

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