Students seek varsity promoter's arrest, burn Naveen's effigy

27 May 2017

Activists of the Students Congress today burnt effigies of Odisha chief minister and technical education minister demanding arrest of the promoter of a private university.
The student Congress activists held a bike rally and marched towards Naveen Niwas, the residence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik. As the bike rally reached Sishu Bhavan Chhak, the police intervened which led to a scuffle between the security personnel and activists. "The authorities of the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER) under SOA University has played with the future of hundreds of students. The promoter of the college must be arrested as he has cheated the students' community," State Students Congress president Itish Pradhan said.
The engineering students of the university were allegedly cheated in the name of private placement. Pradhan also said the state government was yet to take up any inquiry against the private university even as the students have been agitating since three days. The Student Congress workers later burnt the effigies of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Technical Education minister Usha Devi. Few activists were subsequently taken into preventive custody by police.
The incident came a day after the police arrested ITER Dean (Placement) R K Hota on charge of involvement in the fake placement issue.