BHUBANESWAR: Tension prevailed in Rama Devi Women’s University on Friday after a group of students along with Mahila Congress and Chhatra Congress members barged into the campus protesting students’ confinement during Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s meeting. They later staged a road blockade by burning tyres outside the campus which hit vehicular traffic for some time.
A group of 10 students of the university owing allegiance to NSUI was allegedly locked up in a room on the campus prior to Naveen’s visit on Thursday. Apprehending untoward incident during the Chief Minister’s meet, the step was taken by local police and the university administration.
The agitators stormed into the chamber of Officer on Special Duty for women’s university Padmaja Mishra and questioned why the students were not allowed to enter the campus to attend the Chief Minister’s meeting despite being in college uniform and possessing identity cards. They said though the girls were allowed later to enter campus after pleading, police locked them up inside a classroom in the university, thereby infringing upon their right to freedom.