Guv M K Narayanan says attack is a blot, apologises to Presidency students

M K NarayananWest Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar at Kolkata University. (PTI)

Apologising that he failed in his responsibility as West Bengal Governor and Chancellor to prevent the vandalising of the Baker Laboratory at Presidency University, M K Narayanan today said the incident was a "blot" and should never have happened. The university was allegedly vandalised by Trinamool men after the attack on Mamata Banerjee in Delhi.

"I accept that as Governor and Chancellor, I have failed in my responsibility to you. I apologise to students of all universities of Kolkata and Bengal for what has happened," Narayanan told an interactive session with the students of the university.

"It is unprecedented and should never have happened. It is a blot on our hopes for the future and our ambitions to make this a centre of excellence," Narayanan, who went around the Baker Laboratory with V-C Malabika Sarkar and departmental heads, said.

"I will wait for what the police investigation reveals. How the goons entered the university premises. For next few weeks, I will try to put in place a mechanism so that you do not undergo such a trauma," he said.

"I will concentrate (on) how protective measures can be put in place and what can be done to assure the students that it will not recur," Narayanan, a former national security advisor, said.

Advocating more police presence in university campuses, Narayanan said, "My only request to students is to call for more police presence in the campus for better protection.

"I know 99 per cent of the students will like it (police presence). It is the one per cent who are interested in creating trouble," he said.

"Even the worst policeman on the street is a bulwark against vandalism. You can't condemn every policeman. Please try to have some degree of faith on the institution of governance," he said.

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