CM orders inquiry in Punjabi University clashes

  • Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times, Patiala:
  • Updated: Nov 21, 2014 21:31 IST

Taking a strict note of the violent clash between students and police at Punjabi University on Thursday, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday ordered an inquiry into it and sought a detailed report from the Patiala deputy commissioner.

Badal, who visited Rakhra village to attend a function on the 18th death anniversary of father of minister Surjit Singh Rakhra, termed the incident as unfortunate.

As many as 15 people were injured when the police resorted to lathicharge during the protest by the students. In retaliation, the students pelted the cops with stones.

"The Patiala DC and senior superintendent of police have been directed to conduct a detailed investigation and to take action against those found guilty," Badal said.

He asked DC Varun Roojam and SSP Hardial Singh Mann to ascertain the causes and circumstances which led to this incident and submit the report.

"If any police officer or official is found guilty of being lax in dealing with the incident, he will not be spared and strict action will be initiated," Badal said.

Meanwhile, Badal said the university authorities would be asked about the demands of the students and what they had done to meet these.

The students were demanding rollback of the fee hike, besides seeking the construction of more hostels, opening of new canteens, and improving the quality of food in the campus cafeterias.

When asked about the registration of a case against the students, Badal said things would be sorted once the report was submitted.

Meanwhile, the students continued their protest for the second consecutive day as they laid siege to the main gate of the university. A heavy police force had been deployed around the university premises.

Calendar row

Speaking on the ongoing Nanakshahi calendar row, Badal said the SAD had nothing to do with it. "It is the prerogative of the SGPC and the government won't interfere in it."

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