Cuttack, May 8: A delegation of Ravenshaw University students met vice-chancellor B.C. Tripathy today to demand action against those responsible for the recent campus clash that left four students injured.
“There have been repeated incidents of clashes on our university campus but, so far, the authorities have failed to take stern action against those involved in the violence,” said Sandip Amiya Ranjan, a BBA final-year student.
He alleged that around 20 students of the varsity’s East Hostel had attacked him and three of his friends on the campus last Saturday without any provocation and that all four of them had sustained head injuries.
One of the injured students, Sachin Mehera, who is a boarder of East Hostel, has left the hostel following the assault.
“We have all been friends for almost five years. But a section of students in East Hostel had been asking us to break all ties with the students of information technology management (ITM), against whom they had an axe to grind,” said Anirudh Rout, a BBA second-year student.
He said the trouble began when three ITM students were injured in an attack perpetrated by a few students of East Hostel on February 4.
“The ITM students, who had been attacked earlier, are appearing for their examinations amidst police security. This clearly speaks of the insecurity and helplessness of those who have been victimised,” Rout added.
The university authorities said steps were being taken to resolve the issueamicably. “Earlier, we had formed a committee to look into the incident and had slapped a fine of Rs 13,000 on the students responsible for the February 4 violence. We are closely monitoring the situation and necessary action will be taken in this regard,” Tripathy said.