Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Apr 2:
Students of the Bhubananda Orissa School of Engineering (BOSE) in Odisha’s Cuttack city continued their protest on Thursday demanding the immediate arrest of an instructor, who had allegedly molested a girl student of the school earlier this week.
The continued agitation has forced the authorities to suspend classes for three days to prevent the situation from going out of hand.
Irate students agitated in front of the office again today demanding the arrest of the accused Instructor, who is on the run since a case was registered with Mangalabag police by the victim.
“This matter came to light after the girl reported the incident. Had the girl preferred to remain silent, we wouldn’t even have come to know. We want the accused Instructor to be arrested so that this type of incident is not repeated in future,” a girl student said.
The victim was allegedly molested by the accused Durga Kumar Sinha on Monday during a practical class in the workshop. Soon after the incident, the girl student lodged a complaint with the Principal of the college before lodging a formal complaint at the Mangalabag police station.
“As the Principal and the police have not taken any action, we want the Principal to be transferred and the Instructor arrested,” another student demanded.
Earlier in the day, the victim, a first year student of Diploma in Mechanical Engineering deposed before the sexual harassment cell of the school and recorded her statement.
The Principal Pradipta Kumar Mohanty today assured action against the accused. “If he is found guilty, appropriate action will be taken against him,” Mohanty said.
Since the accused has gone into hiding after the incident, the police have launched a manhunt to trace him. Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora said efforts are on to apprehend him.
“A criminal case has been registered basing on the complaint lodged by the complainant. The investigation is on and the school authorities have already initiated action against the accused. We are on the lookout of the accused person and he will be arrested soon,” Arora said.
The students had yesterday run amok and ransacked the college class rooms and workshops protesting inaction on the part of authorities. However, the rampaging agitators were persuaded to refrain from such activities after intervention of Commissionerate police.
Meanwhile, police personnel have been deployed in the school campus in view of the palpable tension.