The Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar said on Sunday it had evacuated two hostels after clashes broke out between two groups over the alleged harassment of a female student. CCTV footage shows students vandalising the campus property on Saturday, attacking each other with sticks and thrashing some entering a lift, NDTV reported.
The clashes took place a day after a second-year engineering student allegedly harassed a final-year law student on Friday. The student apologised to the woman after police intervention, Live Law reported. However, late on Friday, a scuffle broke out between engineering and law students in which around 40 students were injured, according to ANI.
The university said classes were running smoothly after the clashes, and that a few students were injured but rumours of deaths were false. “They [the wounded] have been discharged after first-aid,” the statement said. “KIIT has a policy of zero tolerance towards such unruly actions and necessary steps have been taken.”
At least four students have been detained in connection with the violence, the Odisha Sun Times reported, citing police officials.