Revoke sine die in Sambalpur University: Students

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Sambalpur, Feb 26 (UNI) Students of Gangadhar Meher (Autonomous) College today demanded the District Collector to revoke the sine-die closure of the Sambalpur university.

The authority imposed sine die late last night following the violence and students agitation in protest against the alleged gang rape of a university student on Saturday last.

The irate students ransacked the administrative block of the university and blocked roads at several places. They tried to attack the Vice-Chancellor's office.

'Sine-die is not a solution to the current problem', said G M College students' council President Hemant Kumar Meher. The students also gheraoed collector office for hours together today and submitted a memorandum demanding stringent punishment to the culprits.

Police arrested four persons yesterday in connection with the incident who were sent to jail custody by the court later.

The students suspected that the main accused involved in the gang rape was still at large and the police arrested four innocent persons just to cool down the situation.

The memorandum also expressed students concern over the criminalization and cultural degeneration of the historic city of Sambalpur.

Meanwhile, various organizations and individuals condemned the incident and demanded action against the officials of Sambalpur University and the ladies hostel for their negligence.

The state government asked the RDC (Northern Division) Sambalpur M S Padhi to conduct an enquiry and submit report within two weeks.

VSS medical college Superintendent Akshaya Nayak said the condition of the girl undergoing treatment at VSS medical was improving gradually and the medical test would be conducted after obtaining her consent.

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