Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 28:
Commissionerate Police (CP) will suo motu register a case in connection with the road blockade and harassment to general public by Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT) students near Station square on Sunday and a probe will be conducted into the matter, informed Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi here today.
The Commissionerate Police will examine CCTV footage to identify wrongdoers, police sources said. Action will be taken against those found guilty, the sources added.
Students owing allegiance to All Odisha BPUT Students’ Association Sunday blocked road at the Station square here staging demonstration to protest against pelting of eggs and tomatoes on BPUT vice chancellor. There were complaints of protestors having harassed and even attacked general public (passersby).
Meanwhile, the Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) today expelled two of its leaders Partha Sarathi Muduli and Adyaprana Subudhi for indiscipline. These two student leaders were allegedly involved in Sunday’s protest at Station square.
It may be mentioned here that the first-ever alumni meet of BPUT here on Sunday turned ugly as a section of former students greeted vice-chancellor Shyam Sundar Pattnaik with black flags, tomatoes and eggs even as they heckled him.
The alumni also showed him placards with derogatory comments and ransacked the meeting venue at a prominent city hotel. They burnt tyres outside the hotel at Master Canteen Square to vent their anger against the varsity’s failure to organize a Special Recruitment Drive (SRD) 2014 as promised last year, conduct examinations and publish results on time.
The 13-year-old varsity, headquartered in Rourkela, had organized the meet to involve the pass-outs in its development and to improve job prospects for existing students.
During Pattnaik’s interactive session with the crowd, some of them suddenly turned violent in what appeared to be a planned move.
Technical education minister Sanjay Das Burma, who was scheduled to attend the event, was conspicuous by his absence.
Raising the matter of frequent postponement of the SRD 2014, for which 48,000 students had registered by paying Rs 100 each, and inordinate delay in the conduct of examinations and declaration of results, they threw tomatoes at the vice-chancellor. Some students were seen trying to shove the vice-chancellor and engaging in a verbal duel with him. Another group, however, tried to pacify them and protected Pattnaik.
The Chhatra Congress today lodged complaints against E&TE&T Minister Sanjay Das Burma and BPUT VC Shyam Sundar Pattnaik at the Capital police station here.