Students throw chairs at Indian minister

The minister escaped unhurt but his supporters allegedly thrashed the students responsible afterwards. (Image source: Wikimedia) Photograph:( Others )

PTI Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India Sep 19, 2016, 01.59 PM (IST)
An Indian minister, Sanjay Dasburma, faced a tough time today when the students of a vocational college in India's eastern state of Odisha hurled plastic chairs at him, police said.

The incident took place when the minister was about to occupy the dais at the inaugural function of the college, they said.

Some students, suspected to be supporters of opposition Congress, shouted at him and threw chairs.

However, the employment and technical education & training minister escaped unhurt and security personnel escorted him out, police said.

Later, supporters of the minister allegedly thrashed the attackers at the meeting venue. A clash broke out between supporters of the minister and the attackers following which police had to resort to mild lathi charge.

"I do not know the reason behind their anger. It is totally politically motivated. In politics, there should be opposition, but it should be in decent manner," Dasburma said.

The incident came barely a week after eggs were hurled at Odisha's agriculture minister Pradeep Kumar Maharathy's vehicle at Bolangir.