Sambalpur University VC booked over staff’s suicide

Sambalpur: The Burla police today booked Sambalpur University’s Vice Chancellor Sanjeev Mittal, PEO Abinash Kar and Warden Biswajit Satpathy over the death of varsity staff Dinabandhu Mishra, who had set himself on fire.

Son of the deceased had lodged a complaint in this regard at the Burla police station. A case has been registered in this connection on the basis of the complaint.

Mishra, who was a contractual employee of the university, was allegedly harassed and abused by the Vice Chancellor, after which he took the extreme step of immolating himself when the academic council meeting was underway on the university campus on April 20.

He was rushed to the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla, for treatment. As his condition deteriorated, he was referred to the SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack.

However, the victim died while being shifted to the SCB Hospital. Mishra was working as a Technical Assistant on contractual basis since 1993 at the Sambalpur University.

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