Tension ran high in Kalinga Nagar Industrial Complex after security personnel deployed at Tata Steel plant allegedly assaulted 33 students and two teachers of a Government-run residential high school here on Sunday night.Protesting the assault, students of Gobarghati Ashram School along with their parents blocked National Highway-53 near the main gate of Tata Steel on Monday. Due to the blockade, which started from 8 am, vehicular traffic between Kalinga Nagar and Chandikhole was paralysed.
“The CISF jawans deployed at Tata Steel plant barged into our school premises on Sunday night and attacked the inmates without any provocation. We demand stern action against the security personnel who trespassed into an educational institution exclusively meant for tribal students in the night,” said a student of the residential school. “We will not withdraw the road blockade and agitation unless our demand is fulfilled,” he said.
Though the exact reason behind the assault by CISF jawans is yet to be ascertained, it is believed that the move of the Central security personnel came after some students pelted stones at their camp located close to the residential school.Following the attack, the students and teachers sustained injuries and were admitted to the local hospital at Danagadi, sources said.
On being informed about the road blockade, police reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Jajpur SP Charan Singh Meena said students and teachers of the school have blocked the road alleging assault by CISF jawans. “We are investigating the matter and holding discussion with the agitators for an amicable solution,” he said.Adequate police force has been deployed at the site to keep a close watch on the situation. A host of police officials led by Additional SP of Kalinga Nagar are camping at the protest site. The road blockade was continuing till reports last came in.