BALANGIR: On 24th October Balangir turned into a virtual fire ball. A strong mob of around 7000 students and more than 3000 localites on Saturday set ablaze the Town police station and six vehicles which includes four vehicle of Vedanta Aluminum & two government buses after a student was crushed to death by a police van near the durga mandap chowk in Rugudi Para.
According to eyewitness an engineering student from Sushree Engineering college in Balangir identified as Shakti Prasad Mohanty was crushed to death when a Police van hit his bike from the back. He died on the spot.
As the news of his death spread, students of the various colleges took to the streets engaging in violence in which locals also joined.The also torched the Superintendent of Police office and damaged several police vehicle.
When the last report came Police fired six round of bullet and applied severe lathi charge.In this process several students were severely injured out of which two are in critical condition and have been shifted to Burla medical college.The Police also beat innocent people and labourers who were working on a construction site.Some of the labourers are seriously injured.
It is two be mentioned that this is the third such incident in the last four month in Balangir.Last time also a police Van hit a biker who died on the spot.Later it was found that the driver of the police van was heavily drunk.Eyewitness says this time also the driver was drunk.However Police has hidden the driver in some undisclosed location.