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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Cuttack: The enforcement squad of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) sealed a coaching centre in the city for allegedly violating Covid-19 guidelines, on Thursday morning.

According to reports, the squad found students at Mahendra’s Coaching Centre flouting the pandemic safety protocols during checks at its premises in the Arunodaya Market area. Later they sealed the centre and issued a show cause notice to the director.

However, students of the institute were furious after the closure of the centre and slammed CMC authorities for excessive action.

“The classroom has a strength of 80 students and only 30 students were sitting inside with proper social distancing and wearing masks. I don’t think there was any violation of Covid-19 norms in our classroom. The government authorities are taking excessive action against educational institutions on the pretext of strict enforcement,” alleged a student.

Other students alleged that the government authorities are playing with their future by targeting educational institutions alone.

“The authorities have turned a blind eye towards crowded places like buses, political rallies and market places. The students are at the receiving end due to the closure of the educational institutions. Will they give us age relaxation for building our career?” rued another student.

Earlier this week, a private coaching centre at Jaydev Vihar in Bhubaneswar had been sealed for allegedly violating Covid-19 guidelines.

The action was taken by the enforcement squad of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a bid to curb the rising number of fresh positive cases in the Capital city.

Enforcement has been intensified in the Twin Cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar following a surge in positive cases.

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