An MSc (chemistry) student was stabbed by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) campus president and his friend outside boys’ hostel number 5 at Panjab University on Monday.
The victim has been identified as Manimajra resident Gursimran Singh, who is a Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) supporter. He was admitted to Government Multi Speciality Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16. Police claimed that the reason behind the attack was student politics because of which they had an old enmity.
Station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 11 police station Ramesh Kumar said the incident took place around 11am when ABVP campus president Sukhjot Singh and his friend Nitin Sharma, residents of hostel number 3 and student of MSc (physics), found Gursimran standing alone outside the hostel number 5.
The SHO said they immediately attacked him and stabbed in the chest, hand and back, leading him serious injuries.
He said Sukhjot and Nitin have been booked under sections 341(punishment for wrongful restraint), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and were at large.
The police also said it was learnt that Sukhjot was a baptised Sikh and used his ‘kirpan’ (a symbol of baptised Sikhs) to attack the victim.
The police said they had a tiff with Gursimran during the PU student elections as they asked him to support the ABVP, but he was a PUSU supporter.
The police said they attacked him after finding him alone.
Victim’s friend Satinder Singh said Gursimran, a resident of Manimajra, had come to meet him at hostel number 5. When he learnt from fellow hostellers that some students attacked him, he went to save him. He said that the duo also entered into a brawl with Gursimran.