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Residents of Burla observed a 12-hour bandh

Burla:31/7/17: The residents of Burla in Odisha’s Sambalpur district today observed a 12-hour bandh here demanding arrest of the Post Graduate students of Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) here who were allegedly involved in attacking director Aswini Kumar Pujahari’s residence.

The bandh, called by the Nagarika Committee, was supported by local lawyers’ association and other civil society groups.

While shops, business establishments, government and private institutions remained closed due to the bandh, vehicular movement came to a grinding halt, reports said.

On the other hand, the medicos have launched cease-work agitation affecting health services at the hospital badly.

A discussion between the students and the director couldn’t take place today as they opposed his arrival at the agitation spot and shouted slogans.

“I was trying for a peaceful resolution of the matter. Discussions can’t take place if they don’t maintain calmness,” said Pujahari.

The medical students’ association of SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack has extended its support to the agitation. Junior doctors of the hospital today wore black badges demanding withdrawal of case against VIMSAR medicos besides an impartial probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, a fresh controversy today emerged amid the row as several posters with lewd remarks against the PG and nursing students were found near ladies hostel of VIMSAR.

The nursing association has filed an FIR in this regard demanding arrest of those behind putting the posters.

Notably, several PG students had on Friday night allegedly pelted stones at the residence of Pujahari, who had recently cracked a whip on the doctors of the hospital who were reportedly treating patients at several private clinics during their duty hours.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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