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.
— Abhiram Naik (@AbhiramNaik17) November 25, 2018
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.
@ZeeNews See the brutality by which law students of KIIT UNIVERSITY are treated by engineering students. The students in the lift are law students who have been brutally beaten up.
Extremely inhuman and insane behavior. pic.twitter.com/YRBZzn6kDn
— Adeesh Giri (@adeeshkumar1409) November 24, 2018
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.
@Naveen_Odisha @sambitswaraj @aajtak @ZeeNews @HRDMinistry @BJP4India @achyuta_samanta @otvnews First one gets eve-teases and then beaten up afterwards asked to vacate the hostel at 4 am and Even the Girls were thrown out. Welcome to KIIT BHUBANESWAR the money making industry. pic.twitter.com/FB4vbTpJsx
— Amarjeet (@Amarjeet9852452) November 25, 2018
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.
Can you please help me out?There has been a problem in KIIT University — violence broke out btw the Law and Eng Dpt. I don't know whether I'll be able to leave the campus. If there is anyone who wants one ticket for the 6 pm show at INOX BMC BHAWANI MALL, ORISSA Please DM me. pic.twitter.com/TSn102opE1
— Check out MONO by RM and WASTE IT ON ME (@JoonMyLove_97) November 25, 2018
(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.
The video in your post shows how that engineering student(nothing in his hand) was brutally hit by so many law students with steel rods cylinders , yet in your post you mention that law students were the victim, they started this whole hitting streak.
— Net Flix (@NetFlix70237447) November 25, 2018
(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:
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