Bhubaneswar, March 13 (LocalWire): Utkal University students took out a rally in support of the joint drive conducted by the police and university authorities to evict non-students from the campus.
The students met the Vice chancellor and deputy commissioner of police expressing their happiness over the crackdown.
They also requested the authorities to curb the entry of outsiders into the campus.
‘Over the years, students are suffering as outsiders are staying at various hostels forcefully. Authorities must continue their drive against illegal occupants,’ said a student.
Police swung into action after a group of youths led by suspended BJD leader Prakash Tripathy vandalized Saheed Nagar police station and assaulted police personnel on 3 March.
Lalatendu Mallick who provided hostel rooms on rent in the campus, was arrested.
Police repeatedly asked the university authorities to take precautionary measures like engaging adequate security personnel at all entry and exit points, effective steps to drive out non-students residing in hostels and initiate disciplinary action against those involved in instigating other students.
‘We will convene a meeting with the university authorities to bolster security in the campus. We request students not to indulge in any sort of violent activities and urge them to intimate us about non students creating nuisance in the campus,’ said deputy commissioner of police, Anup Kumar Sahoo.
Police on Sunday had carried out a drive and evicted more than 100 illegal occupants from hostel no 7.