Staff Reporter

Students damage furniture, lab equipment

Ten of 15 nominations rejected

Police detain 15 students in connection with violence

BHUBANESWAR: Irate students on Monday resorted to vandalism on the campus of SCS Autonomous College protesting against rejection of nomination papers by college authorities at Puri, about 65 km from here.

Problem started soon after college authorities announced the list containing names, whose nomination papers, were valid. Of 13 nomination papers, 10 papers were found to be invalid for election to the college union on ground of insufficient college attendance and back papers.

Supporters of the candidates, whose candidatures were rejected, assembled around 11.30 am and started ransacking. Chairs and tables in around 25 classrooms were smashed and set on fire.

They did not stop there. Angry students entered laboratory of different science departments and damaged equipment. Worth of the damaged assets could be more than Rs. 20 lakh.

Mayhem

As the mayhem continued inside the college building, some police officials tried to enter premise. But, they were also heckled. District police restrained them from taking coercive action apprehending that issue could go out of control. Reporters covering the incident were also chased away from the SCS College campus.

After two hours, police could finally take control of the situation and detained about 15 students.

Speaking to mediapersons, principal of SCS College Manindra Nath Dutta said college was apprehending disturbance to the similar nature for which classes were earlier suspended.

In fact the college authorities had informed the district police in advance and requested to take precautionary action accordingly, Mr. Dutta said. However, police administration treated the request lightly. Only a few constables were deployed around the college. After day’s vandalism, the college was closed sine die.

Meanwhile, disturbance was reported from Prana Nath College at Khurda. Students were enraged over rejection of nomination papers on ground of low attendance. Recommendations of J.M. Lyngdo Commission are being implemented in college union elections throughout the State for the second year.

During the day, some non-students attacked on students in connection with the election on the campus of city-based Basic Science College. Election to the college unions will be held on October 23. Meanwhile, security has been briefed around college campuses across the State.

KORAPUT: All the 19 nominations filed by students for elections to Students’ Union in the degree section of Vikram Dev College at Jeypore were reportedly rejected on Monday on the grounds of lack of attendance. According to new rules, the students to contest in the elections need to have at least 75 percent attendance during the academic year.

However, the students in complaint lodged with the police alleged that their attendance was not taken properly in the classes.