Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:
A young woman died of suspected heart attack while on her way back home from office after getting trapped in the melee at the busy Vani Vihar square in Odisha’s capital city where students of Utkal University were protesting the decision of the university authorities to scrap students’ union elections for this year.
The young woman, identified as Suman Sharma, collapsed inside her vehicle a few meters away from the road blockade put up by students of Utkal University this evening.
Suman was working in a private company in the city and was residing in the Chandrasekharpur area. The woman hailing from Ranchi was driving along the flyover towards Rasulgarh without having any inkling of the road blockade at Vani Vihar square by students after cancellation of students’ union elections.
She collapsed while driving and her car took an about turn apparently after she fell unconscious. Police personnel on duty rushed to the car and tried to rescue her from the vehicle, but in vain. Finally, they had to break open the door by smashing the glass panes. The unconscious woman was rushed in a police vehicle to the Capital Hospital here for medical attention but it was too late by the time she reached there. Attending doctors declared her dead on arrival.
The acquaintances of the deceased have blamed the students for the unfortunate incident.
“People should not stage road blockade. Such incidents have caused inconvenience to people and today it has taken a life. They should refrain from such acts,” a person known to the deceased told reporters gathered at the hospital this evening.
Meanwhile, the body has been kept for post-mortem, which is unlikely to be conducted today.