Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Manamunda/Boudh/Bhubaneswar, Mar 4:
Students of a junior college in Odisha’s Boudh district ransacked the college building and set fire to computers and other properties after being barred from writing their Plus Two exams as their admit cards had not reached the college.
Irate students of Lopamudra Junior College in Manamunda under Kantamal block in Boudh district had blocked National Highway No. 57 on Monday after failing to get their admit cards to appear in the Plus Two (Arts) examinations, which began today.
All hell broke loose as angry students ransacked the college building by smashing its asbestos roof and setting fire to computers, documents and furniture etc of the college causing huge damage to properties.
Students alleged that despite the fact that they had duly filled up forms and had deposited the prescribed examination fees, they could not sit for the examinations.
They alleged that they were cheated by the college governing body secretary, who had taken Rs 15,000 from each student at the time of admissions. The secretary of the college has been absconding since the last eight days, they added.
They said that they had lost two years by taking admissions in that college.
“Secretary of Lopamudra College had taken Rs 15,000 from each of us while admitting us as regular students. We have been cheated; our names are not even registered. That is the reason we were unable to appear in our examinations today. Our future is now dark. We have lost two years of our career. Now he has gone missing for the last eight days. Yes, we have ransacked the college in anger,” said an angry student.
“Our future is now in the dark. We have been cheated. We have wasted two years of our career,” said another student.
Boudh Collector Madhusudan Mishra said examination fees against these students were not deposited with the Council for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) for the examination.
“Examination fees have not been deposited at the CHSE office, that is why their admit cards were not dispatched by the CHSE. We will take stringent action against those who have played with the lives of the students,” Mishra said.
“Investigations are on. At present, the situation is under control,” said Prafulla Patra, S P Boudh.
CHSE authorities, on the other hand, have said that the 110 students of Lopamudra Junior College who had their names registered with the CHSE and had filled up forms for the examinations are peacefully appearing their examinations. The CHSE said it has no information on the students who had indulged in the ransacking of the college.
“The 110 students of Lopamudra College, who had filled up forms with us for the examinations and who have been issued admit cards, are appearing in the examinations at Panchayat College, Kantamal without any problems. We have no information on who were involved in the ransacking,“ said Basudev Chhatoi, Chairman CHSE.