Sequel to attack on seven students of Utkal University

A day after seven students, including Utkal University Students’ Union president Tanmaya Swain, were beaten up by masked miscreants in hostel on Vani Vihar campus here, university authorities have decided to install closed circuit television (CCTV) to keep tab on the movement of non-students.

PG Council, which is the apex body for taking decisions on matters relating university, took the decision regarding installation of CCTVs in all six boys’ hostels on the campus at a meeting that was convened to take stock of the situation following attack on students.

“Initially we will be installing CCTVs in Gopabandhu and Madhusudan hostels on an experimental basis. Basing on the outcome of CCTV monitoring in the two hostels, all hostels will have similar provisions in due course,” said D.N. Jena, registrar of Utkal University, here on Thursday. There is no plan to install CCTVs in girls’ hostel on the campus.

Mr. Jena said, “the camera to be fixed at common corridors will help authorities track movement of non-students in the hostel. Hostel inmates will have to explain if non-students with suspicious behaviour meet them.”

Similarly, it has been decided to step up security at three entry and exit gates of Vani Vihar campus. Gates facing Institutes of Minerals and Materials Technology and VSS Nagar locality would be closed by 9 p.m. More security persons would be deployed at the main gate, the Registrar said.

Meanwhile, the university authorities constituted a fact-finding team. It was asked to submit its report on Wednesday’s attack on students within 48 hours.

The city police arrested nine more suspects on Thursday in connection with the attack on president of students’ union taking the total persons nabbed during past two days to 13. Most of the attackers were said to be former students.

Attack condemned

Students of different colleges condemned the attack. Students of city-based Buxi Jaga Bandhu College, Rama Devi, and Rajadhani Law College blocked main roads in the city that resulted in vehicles stranded on road for a few hours.

  • The decision was taken at the PG Council meeting

  • 13 persons arrested so far in the case