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KIIT University Clashes: Fight Erupts Between Engineering & Law Students, Section 144 Imposed

Disclaimer: The report is based on personal accounts of KIIT students. We have reached out to the management for their point of view.

According to students studying at KIIT University in Odisha, violent clashes erupted between students of law and engineering branches.

Students say that it began due to a 5th-year law student being cat-called by an engineering student.

The law students demanded an apology, following which the engineering students gathered en-masse outside the gates of the law hostel and started pelting the gates with stones and bottles.

This further escalated after the engineering students reportedly entered the hostel and started to ambush law students with bats and other heavy objects, beating them with it.

This has reportedly led to over 20 students being hospitalized.

Many KIITians have shared CCTV footage and first-hand footage of these clashes.

The atmosphere in the university is that of horror and absolute fear. Students report that the management has been callous in their handling of the incident, allegedly asking all the students (law and engineering) to vacate the campus in the middle of the night without making alternate arrangements.

Students have taken to social media to express their absolute speechlessness at this attitude shown by the university and have been sharing pictures of them being stranded at various places.

According to Odisha Bytes, a local publication,

Vehicular traffic between Big Bazaar Square and Sikharchandi was disrupted. Pedestrians passing through the area were in a state of panic.

Some tweets also claim that the State Reserve Police Force had to be called in to restore order.


UPDATE:

(25/11/18 5:45 PM) A reader reached out to us with a contrary point of view, saying the law students instigated the violence. He also posted this link.

(25/11/18 1:00 PM) The following is a conversation between a student from the university in question and an ED representative. Names have been withheld for confidentiality reasons:

Stay tuned to this space for more updates


Image Source: Google Images, KIIT students, Twitter

Sources: Arguendo, The Quint, Odisha Bytes

Reach the blogger at: @tanmaymay_


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