The students continued to press for an impartial, fresh probe into the alleged molestation by including student representatives - the demand which had prompted them to lay siege on the vice chancellor's office earlier this week triggering an alleged police assault that left many students injured. Announcing the committee, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said it has been asked to submit a report "as early as possible, possibly within 72 hours (by Sep 25 morning)".
The announcement came a day after Chatterjee met the girl - a History (Hons) student who was allegedly dragged into the boys' hostel and molested Aug 28. The panel will be headed by Calcutta University Vice Chancellor Suranjan Das. The other members are eminent Indologist Nrisingha Prasad Bhaduri, School Service Commission chairman Subhiresh Bhattacharya, Bethune College principal Sangita Tripathi Mitra and St Xaviers' College mass communication and journalism department head Ananya Chakraborty. The student's father urged the university students to withdraw their agitation.
"The chief minister has assured me of justice and I have full faith in the panel. I urge the students, who are like my children, to withdraw their agitation and help the return of normalcy in the university," he said. The student's father, incidentally, had lent his voice to the agitating students demanding Chakrabarty's removal. "I had asked for his removal because at that time he could not assure me that my daughter would get justice, but now I am hopeful," he said.