Violence during poll at Odisha’s Utkal varsity, one injured

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 5:

Utkal University in Odisha capital today witnessed violence on the day of students’ union poll as a student was injured after he was allegedly attacked by a group of students in the varsity campus.


According to reports, the victim, identified as a student of Library Science department, had a heated exchange of words with a group of students when he was on the way to cast his vote. Following the incident, the latter attacked him.

The student sustained injuries on his head and was admitted to Capital Hospital here, sources said.

As many as ten platoons of police force have been deployed in the campus to avoid further untoward incident.

Notably, students’ union polls are being held today in 624 junior colleges, degree colleges and universities across the state. While the polls were earlier scheduled to be held at 656 colleges, elections in 32 colleges were cancelled due to student unrest.

As per notification of the Higher Education Department, the polls will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM. Counting of votes and declaration of results will take place today between 2 PM and 6 PM. The oath taking ceremony will be held on October 6.

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