Police help for twin city college polls

Bhubaneswar: In view of the agitation by the students of Utkal University on Saturday against cancellation of students’ union elections by the university PG Council, the Commissionerate police on Sunday had a meeting with about principals of 50 colleges of the twin city.

The principals, during their meeting with the police commissioner RP Sharma, Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi and Cuttack DCP Sanjeev Arora, discussed about the law and order during the students’ union elections.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, registrar of Ravenshaw University, Kishore Kumar Das said the principals of different colleges had shared their experience relating to students’ union elections in their respective colleges.

“It will be good for us if we share their experiences”, he added.

Referring to the measures taken by the university authorities, Das said a decision has been taken not to allow anyone inside the university campus without identity cards.

“We have closed all gates of the university except the main gate for entry,” he informed.

Chairperson of PG Council, Rama Devi Women’s University Bani Sengupta said the police who had helped the university authorities in the previous students’ union elections, have given assurance to us today to assist during the elections.

Talking about the poll related disturbances, Sengupta said, “Our students never create disturbance. The outside elements come to the university, advise the students and give a lot of financial support, provide incentives and motivate them.”

“Since the students’ union election is a major issue for the students as well as the college, we and our students want smooth conduct of the election. We informed our view points to the police to ensure that there should be no outside interference or influence during the election. As the Commissionerate police has assured us of all help, we are hopeful of conducing the elections smoothly”, said Principal of Rajdhani College, Jahannara Begum.

Expressing happiness over the meeting, principal of Maharishi College of Natural Law, Basant Sahu said there was no such meeting between the Commissionerate police with the college principal previously.

“I am sure that the assurance we have got from the police at the meeting which was held for the first time, we will get the assistance from the police for smooth conduct of the election,” he added.