Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:
Odisha unit of Congress today approached the NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) and NCW (National Commission for Women) seeking action against the culprits over the alleged detention of Rama Devi Women’s University students during the Chief Minister’s visit to the university on December 3.
“We are approaching the NHRC and the NCW. We will pursue further political steps, should there be no action,” said PCC President Prasad Harichandan.
Similarly, Odisha BJP has also approached the NCW over the incident seeking action.
“The workers of our women’s wing are submitting a memorandum to the NCW. We are also going to support the students willing to take this issue up in various other colleges of the state,” said BJP’s Bijoy Mohapatra.
BJD, clearly in a back foot over the chain of events, cried politicization of the issue.
“The way various political parties are encouraging students to take up confrontational routes without knowing the events well, it doesn’t seem to be a good sign for democracy,” commented BJD Spokesperson Sashi Bhusan Behera.
Notably, nine students of Rama Devi Women’s University had approached the OHRC (Odisha Human Rights Commission) yesterday over the issue and had lodged a complaint in Shaheed Nagar police station seeking action against the University OSD, Registrar, Chairman of PG Council and the police officers on duty as we reported here.
While the government might find an escape route in the assembly following the statement made by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Arukh and clarification made by Bhubaneswar North MLA Priyadarshi Mishra yesterday, it may not be the case for university officials as the call for action is getting louder in the streets.
While NSUI supported students clashed with the cops in front of the official residence of MLA Mishra last evening, the ABVP supported students today took out a rally and burned effigy of Naveen near master Canteen square of Bhubaneswar.
Even though BJD supported Rama Devi Students’ Union President Megha Kanungo today called a press conference and denied the detention of students, the matter didn’t go down well with NSUI supported students who had made the complaint. Megha’s statement was outright dismissed by the complainant group that demanded an inquiry to the incident.