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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
CHANDIGARH, August 01, 2013
Following the directions of Punjab and Haryana high court, UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin has issued instructions for putting a check on defacement of property in the city.Mohammed Shayin recently held a meeting with the representatives of colleges to chalk out a plan of action.

All the principals of colleges have been directed to constitute a committee for removing such defacement material such as posters/banners etc that have been put on the walls of their respective institutions.

The UT senior superintendent of police would conduct programmes in different colleges and university to sensitise student-bodies about the stringent provisions of law for defacement.Shayin has also asked all the principals to report such cases to the concerned SHO with a copy to the SSP and district magistrate in case any poster/banner is found in and around their respective institutes.

Besides this the head of institutes have also been asked to designate a place in their respective institutes where the student bodies can put up posters and other materials.

In order to educate the students, unions and printers, to refrain from defacing any property especially outside walls of the educational institutes, a meeting to be convened with the police, printers, union-leaders, will further strengthen the mechanism to check the menace of defacement of property.

On July 23, Punjab and Haryana high court had directed the Chandigarh administration as well as the municipal corporation to take action against the student unions that were responsible for defacement of properties in the city by pasting their posters and also to slap charges of removing posters on such student unions.

The Chandigarh administration was directed to convene a meeting with the city colleges' principals to find out a permanent solution on the issue.

The counsels appearing for the student unions had requested the court that a designated place should also be provided in the college campus for pasting of posters/publicity material in the same manner as had been provided in the Panjab University campus.

On this, the counsel appearing for the Chandigarh administration had informed the court that talks were on with the college principals to find out a solution to the problem.