Balangir town in western Orissa was tense on Sunday after an engineering student injured in a police baton charge died at a local hospital.
Sashikanta Panda, 19, was injured in police action after students torched a police station, four trucks, two government buses and several shops on Saturday. The students were protesting the death of an engineering student, Shakti Prasad Mohanty (18).
Mohanty died on the spot after the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a police van. Mohanty and Panda were students of Sushri Institute of Technical Education in Balangir, 360 km west of Bhubaneswar.
The police staged a flag march on Sunday to prevent fresh violence. The town remained tense after the youth wing of the Congress party gave a call for a shutdown in Balangir town on Sunday.
Sambalpur Inspector General of Police Y.B. Khurana told Hindustan Times, “We are keeping a close watch. Things are improving.”
After Mohanty’s death on Saturday, thousands of students and residents went on a rampage.
The police baton charged and fired in the air to disperse the crowd. Two students, including Panda, were seriously injured. Panda succumbed to head injuries in a medical college hospital while the other student, Saroj Biswal (18), has been shifted to a hospital in Bhubaneswar in a critical condition.
Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced that an ex-gratia payment of of Rs 500,000 each would be made to the next of the kin of the two students who were killed. He said a judicial inquiry would be made.