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Police Resort To Lathi Charge As Protest Over ‘EVM Tampering’ In BJB College Strong Room

Bhubaneswar:25/3/22: Tension prevailed in front of the strong (EVM) room at Buxi Jagabandhu Bidyadhar (BJB) Autonomous College in Bhubaneswar after people mercilessly thrashed a man who was found roaming inside the strong room with the intentions of EVM tampering. The counting of votes for ULB polls is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at 8 am.

According to reports, the candidates and their supporters, who have been keeping a close eye on the strong room at BJB College spotted a person holding an ID card, enter the strong room. However, minutes later the CCTV went offline which sparked suspicion among the people and they created an uproar that the EVMs are being tampered with by the accused.

The Commissionerate Police had made elaborate arrangements at the strong room to guard the EVMs. But the unauthorized entry of a man into the strong room and glitches in CCTV screening did not go well with the locals. As soon as the man was escorted out of the strong room by police personnel, locals gave him a sound thrashing as result he collapsed due to profuse bleeding.

As per sources, even though the police tried to handle the situation and rescue the accused man from getting lynched, the people allegedly started manhandling the police personnel. With no other options left, the cops resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse the violent mob.

While several persons involved in the commotion sustained injuries and dispersed in different directions, the seriously injured man was rushed to the capital hospital, sources said.

Soon after, senior police officials reached the spot and took stock of the situation. Reportedly, more security personnel have been deployed at the strong room to avoid any other untoward incident.

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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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