Post-poll violence rocks Odisha’s Utkal University

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 6:

A day after declaration of students’ union election results, two rival student groups today clashed in Odisha’s premier Utkal University leading to injuries to at least three students.


According to reports, supporters of Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) clashed while the latter was demonstrating in front of the university main gate.

The situation came under control only after police intervention. The cops had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the crowd. Security arrangements have been tightened to avoid any untoward incident in the campus, however, the situation continues to remain tense.

As recently as yesterday, on the day of poll, one of the NSUI supporters was injured after being attacked by a group of students in the university campus. The group today met the vice chancellor demanding action against the faction supported by BCJD – whom they blamed for the incident. Besides, a police complaint was lodged in Saheed Nagar police station.

It may be mentioned here that violence is nothing new in the university where polls have been suspended three times in past four years because of violence. In the run-up to the polls, supporters of NSUI alleged rival students groups of tearing down their campaign posters on September 24 and that had led to tension.

In the university, where polls were held after a gap of a year, BCJD supported candidate Mahesh Prasad came victorious as the President despite rival groups highlighting alleged criminal cases against him. The General Secretary post also went to another BCJD supported candidate Ipsita Sahu.


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