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Guwahati/Sonari, August 2: At a time when the Assam Government has launched a crusade against superstitions, a college principal has accepted of practicing black magic in the college premises.
Bipul Dey, principal of the Sonari Commerce College, accepted that he took the advice of a tantrik and buried a bottle with a note coated with oil and vermillion at the college gate. The note had names of ten teachers and a staffer at the college.
Enraged at the actvity of the principal, the students and teachers locked the college gate. The students and teachers further asked the principal to “respect the dignity of the Principal’s chair and resign on moral grounds”
The students also chanted slogans like ‘Principal Go back’ and ‘Prinicipal hai hai‘.
On Thursday, the students and teachers gheraoed Das’ office and demanded his resignation. The principal, who looked blanked, said, “I have nothing to say…the chairman will hold a meeting and decide. Whatever I have done, I have done it for the benefit of the college and teachers…why will I do it then?”
It may be mentioned that an awareness drive against the superstitious beliefs, titled Sanskar-Manuhe Manuhor Babe (a famous line of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika) was launched in Assam post the barbaric mob lynching incident in Karbi Anglong. The Assam Science Technology and Environment Council is the nodal agency to implement the campaign.
President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill, 2015. The Bill makes witch-hunting a cognisable, non-bailable and non-compoundable offence and is said to be strictest in the country against such a crime.
Assam Assembly had unanimously passed the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill in 2015. Not only witch-hunting, crimes related to other superstitious beliefs were also brought under the ambit of the Bill.
Inputs: Hanseng from Sonari