Pre-poll violence in BJB Autonomous College keeps campus on the boil
Bhubaneswar: Much ahead of the Students’ Union elections, tension erupted in BJB Autonomous College here after five students including two girls were injured following a clash between two groups inside the campus on Monday.
As per sources, the incident took place near the college main gate when one group holding sharp weapons allegedly attacked its rival group injuring five of them critically. All five were immediately shifted to Capital Hospital where they underwent a preliminary treatment.
“As Union election is approaching, the situation was not normal since last two days and a few students also received threatening calls. Today, around 15 to 20 college students came and attacked few others. The security deployed inside the college is of no use,” said a girl student.
A few students also alleged that they are feeling unsafe due to the frequent entry of non-students into the campus.
Soon after the incident, adequate police forces were deployed on the campus premises to prevent any untoward incident.
“Apprehending any violence inside the college, we were sitting outside the campus. Suddenly, around 15 to 20 students came in 5 to 6 bikes and attacked us with sharp weapons,” said an injured student.
Meanwhile, Principal of the College, Prasanna Kumar Mohanty speaking to OTV over phone stated, “We had taken precautionary measures to restrict pre-poll violence, though classes were not suspended. Police forces have been deployed inside and outside the college premises to put a check on such incidents”.