Krishna Prasad Jana, a BA student, succumbed to injuries while being taken to hospital. The student's friend said he was hit with iron rods and sticks during the clash. Describing the incident as 'sad and shameful', Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said police have been asked to take 'strict action'.

Banerjee claimed the incident happened as a result of a clash at the union room run by the Congress-affiliated Chhatra Parishad, while Congress leader Manas Bhuniya held the Trinamool Congress backed Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP) responsible for the fatal attack on Jana.

However, the Chief Minister hinted at factional feuds within the Chhatra Parishad as the cause of the violence. "The incident happened inside the union room. The union is run by the Chhatra Parishad and not by the TMCP. The victim was hit with a bat during the scuffle," she said.

Bhuniya, a former state minister and legislator from Sabong, alleged that TMCP backed 'miscreants' had attacked the Chhatra Parishad supporters that led to activist Jana's death. Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said, "It is the result of a factional fight. He lost his life during the scuffle. My information says the victim was not a college student right now. A Chhatra Parishad activist told reporters, ”The TMCP leaders wanted to felicitate visiting West Bengal Minister Soumen Kumar Mahapatra.”

However, a dispute arose between the two groups over this. Mahapatra and TMCP leaders denied the charges. After the incident, irate Chhatra Parishad members allegedly locked principal Kanailal Padia in his room and blocked the National Highway at Sabong.

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