Odisha Students ‘Tortured’ By Warden, Lecturer

Berhampur: Unable to bear the alleged torture meted out, a Plus-II student of a residential college at Bhabenipur in Berhampur reportedly fled the college hostel recently.

As per reports, three non-teaching staff along with a lecturer of the residential college allegedly thrashed five students for three consecutive days for some unknown reason. This apart, they also allegedly did not provide food and water to the students. The harassment of the staff, as per allegations, was so severe that one of the students fled the institution on September 26.

“Botany lecturer Chinmay Padhi and non-teaching staff including Ajit Kumar Sahoo and Jitendra Prasad Bhatt have been beating us for the last three days. I have sustained injuries on my legs and back. They did not give us food and water on time,” alleged one of the victim students.

The matter, however, came to light only when the father of the student filed a complaint with the Sadar Police yesterday after being informed by the college authorities about his son’s disappearance.

“After coming here I learnt from some students that my son left the hostel as he was thrashed by the staff. He was even taken to the hospital for treatment after he sustained grievous injuries. However, I was not informed about this. Despite my repetitive requests, they did not even show me the CCTV footages of the hostel,” alleged father of the missing student.

“I have filed a complaint with the police. If my son is not traced, I will sit on dharna in front of the college,” he threatened.

Based on the complaint, cops conducted a raid and have arrested four persons from the premises of the college and forwarded them to the court.

Police also have formed two special teams to trace the missing student, informed sources, adding further that investigation into the matter is underway.