BHUBANESWAR: Biju Chhatra Janata Dal (BCJD), student wing of the ruling BJD, on Monday suspended two of its leaders on charges of indulging in road blockade and attacking commuters during a strike on Sunday evening.
The action against two general secretaries of BCJD, Aadya Prana Subudhi and Partha Sarathi Muduli, came in the wake of the violence at Station Square during a protest staged by a group of former students of Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT).
The student wing of BJD conducted an inquiry and found direct involvement of Subudhi and Muduli in the incident following which BCJD president Byomakesh Ray ordered their suspension.
“BCJD is a disciplined organisation working for welfare of students across the State. We will not endorse any form of violence or indiscipline in the cadre,” Ray said.
He said the protest by a student group of BPUT was a sponsored one and asked BJCD members not to indulge in any such incident in future. “We exhort politicians not to associate themselves with groups which are trying to defame the only technical university of the State,” Ray added.
On the other hand, NSUI, the student wing of Congress, registered a complaint with Capital Police against Employment, Technical Education and Training Minister Sanjay Dasburma and BPUT Vice-Chancellor SS Patnaik alleging financial irregularities in the university.
“While the university authorities had collected `48 lakh for a placement drive, a huge amount of money was spent on an extravagant alumni meet,” a student Congress leader said.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) also staged a demonstration at Master Canteen demanding arrest of students for public inconvenience.
Traffic at Station Square had come to a standstill on Sunday evening after a group of BPUT students took to the streets. Hundreds of vehicles were stranded upto Rajmahal, Ram Mandir square and Lower PMG as it was a peak hour on a weekend.
Allegations about some agitators involving in a scuffle with commuters also came to the fore. Even emergency vehicles were not spared.
DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said a case has been registered at Kharvela Nagar police station in this connection. “The Commissionerate of Police will examine CCTV footage of the entire episode and take appropriate action against the offenders,” Bhoi added.