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Hooliganism continues unabated

Satinder Pal Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, November 07, 2012
First Published: 22:51 IST(7/11/2012) | Last Updated: 22:53 IST(7/11/2012)

In yet another brazen display of hooliganism on Punjabi University campus, around 50-60 students attacked a student of the University of Engineering (UCOE) late Tuesday night, leaving him injured.

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The attack and the rivalry, reportedly between between groups at the UCOE, has one again raised a question mark over the security of students in hostels and on campus. It is also a fact that unrestricted entry of outsiders continues to be allowed.

This is the second such incident on the camopus in less than a month. Previously too, a student had been admitted to the Government Rajindra Hospital with wounds in his head, after a mob of students barged into his hostel room and attacked him with swords and daggers.

This clash was the result of an argument between two groups of the students at a cultural festival underway at the institute some time back.

The injured student, who does not wish to be named, told HT that he was a member of the discipline committee at a cultural festival organised last month. He had intervened when he found a group of students creating nuisance in an inebriated condition.

He said that he thought that the matter had ended there, but he was called to the campus on Tuesday for a compromise, but was attacked by a group of 50-6- students.

Punjab university security officer Gurtej Singh said that he had not found any weapon in the university campus. He was evasive and said that the whole incident was a minor scuffle, which had been resolved later.

Urban Estate police station assistant sub-inspector Manmohan Singh said that a DDR had been lodged against all the accused, but an FIR had not been lodged as they were still waiting for the X-Ray report of the injured student.

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