Fencing of Poush Mela ground at Santiniketan continues for second day

Amid strong police presence,fencing around the heritage Poush Mela ground at Santiniketanby the Visva-Bharati University authorities continued for thesecond day on Tuesday.

An Executive Council member of the university saidthat construction of a boundary wall, over which there will bebarbed wire fencing, began from Monday after a committeeappointed by the Calcutta High Court had given its consentwith certain specifications.

The committee had met stakeholders in the varsity,locals and the administration to arrive at a solutionfollowing the vandalism on August 17 during a protest overerection of the wall around the Mela ground.

Poush Mela is an annual cultural event being heldfor over a century. It is organised in the month of December.

A section of local residents, businessmen andstudents, under the banner of Mela Math Banchao Committee(save the fair ground committee), held a sit-in in front ofthe Bolpur fire brigade office, during the day, demandingimmediate stoppage of work.

A police oficer said, cops were deployed around theground and water cannon was kept ready to cope with anysituation since morning but there was no untoward incidenttill afternoon.

The university authorities on Monday night sent awritten request to the district magistrate and superintendentof police seeking adequate posting of police personnel andimposition of section 144 CrPC apprehending a rerun of theAugust 17 incident, when a mob went on a rampage, vandalisedproperty of the central university and tore down the heritagegate.

However, prohibitory order had not been clamped, thepolice officer said.

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