VSS Medical College closed sine die following clash

Bhubaneswar: Veer Surendra Sai Medical College at Burla was on Wednesday closed sine die by state government following a clash between agitating students and local residents that led to imposition of prohibitory orders in and around the campus.

The college has been closed sine die with immediate effect and all students have been asked to vacate the hostels and leave the campus by Thursday, Health Minister Prasanna Acharya told reporters.

The Minister, who held a meeting with senior officials to review the situation in the medical college campus, said the authorities have clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC following student-public clash in which both sides resorted to stone-pelting.

A report from Burla said the clash took place when a large number of people stormed into the campus and demanded resumption of normal health services at the hospital which were hit for the third day today as the students and junior doctors boycotted classes and resorted to cease work.

The situation was brought under control following intervention by police, official sources said.

The students and junior doctors have been agitating since Monday in protest against alleged attack and loot of some students by a group of outsiders at a restaurant near the campus on Sunday night, police sources said.

The students are demanding immediate arrest of the culprits, permanent measures for their security in and around the medical college campus, they said adding the agitators also want the chief minister to visit the campus and intervene in the matter to ensure lasting solution.

The students allege that they have been facing attacks and threats from anti-social and criminal elements operating near the campus.

Security personnel in strength have been deployed in the area to prevent any further flare up, while one person has been arrested in connection with the incident, the sources added.

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