Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Students unrest once again gripped the Utkal University here a few hours after the university reopened today after more than 20 days of sine die.

Demanding election to the students’ union, the activists gheraoed the office of the varsity’s Vice-Chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik. They also gheraoed Patnaik while he was coming out of his chamber along with PG Council chairman Brahmananda Satpathy and the Students’ Union Committee advisor. The students questioned the VC on what grounds he cancelled the students’ union poll this year and why he is not taking up any discussion with them on the matter?

They demanded that the authorities reconsider the issue and conduct the students’ union poll for this year since the university is an autonomous body. However, the varsity authorities denied to comment on the matter. Meanwhile, PG Council Chairman said all examinations will be conducted by October 25.

The Utkal University, which was closed sine die from September 18 following pre-poll violence on the campus, reopend today. The students were allowed to enter the university campus and hostels only after they produced their identity cards.