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RCM students turn violent, clash with police

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 29:

Angry students of Regional College of Management (RCM), who have been on a strike for over two months now, turned violent around midnight on Monday and damaged a police jeep and a police bus near the Lower PMG Square here. Several students were injured in a police crackdown that followed, reports said.

The student protesters then blocked the road connecting the Master Canteen square and the Lower PMG square.

An injured RCM girl student being carried away by friends
An injured RCM girl student being carried away by friends

It may be mentioned here that the MBA and MCA students of RCM had been staging dharna at the PMG square and holding demonstrations in front of their institute for the last 70 days demanding registration documents and certificates from the college authorities.

The students later met with the Governor and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention. They had also staged protest in front of Raj Bhawan on April 22 when they failed to get any relief.They refused to budge when the police asked them to vacate the place because the Governor was away, resulting in a scuffle. ZSeveral students were hurt as police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the protesters.

Police later took the agitating students to Lower PMG while assuring them that then can meet the Governor after his return. Since then, the students were on a peaceful dharna at the Lower PMG Square.

But as there was no response from any quarter, the students on Monday morning gheraoed the office of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) and did not allow the staff to go outside the office.

Meanwhile, some girl students damaged a police van stationed near the BPUT office. While the police tried to take control of the situation, angry students allegedly pelted stones at them in which a Assistant Sub Inspector of Khandagiri police station was injured.

Following information, a team of police led by DCP Nitinjit Singh rushed to the spot. Police later detained over 30 students.

In the late night hours, police picked up some students from the spot and dropped them at the Lower PMG Square. Tension ran high as the students suddenly turned violent and pelted stones at the police and damaged a police jeep and a bus parked near their dharna spot, reports said.