In the wake of seizure of sharp-edged and blunt weapons from men's hostels, Himachal Pradesh high court on Friday directed Himachal Pradesh University authorities to get all such hostels vacated within 24 hours.
The court directed students to take along their belongings from rooms within 24 hours as the hostels needed to be cleaned up.
A division bench comprising chief justice Kurian Joseph and justice Dharm Chand Chaudhary directed the varsity to submit a report as to how many students actually reported removal of their personal belongings from the rooms.
The court also directed that the whole operation shall be supervised by the IGP through appropriate means along with the wardens.
The court directed HPU Registrar to invite written applications from students who actually intended to occupy hostels rooms for exams and on-going study purposes along with appropriate documents in this regard.
Research scholars would have to submit their applications countersigned by their guides or by head of the department concerned. The court also directed the controller of examination/ a responsible officer from the examination wing to be present in the court along with the datesheet.
It is pertinent to mention here that a police teams led by IGP (south range) AP Siddique conducted checks in university hostels from 4pm onwards on Wednesday for nearly two hours and seized sharp-edged weapons, iron rods, baseball bats and hockey sticks from rooms of students who are supporters of different political organizations.
In compliance of June 20 order of the high court, the IGP submitted a report in the court. The HC was told that all rooms were occupied by students whose number was more than double their combined capacity. Though hostel roons were allotted to 810 students, around 2,000 persons were staying there.
The court directed the HPU Registrar to submit a comprehensive report in the case at 9.30am on June 22.