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Increasing violence at PU raises questions over security arrangements

Friday's incident of violence in Panjab University, in which some youngsters fire at the varsity's gate no 1, has once again called into question the security apparatus of the varsity.

chandigarh Updated: May 09, 2014 21:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Friday's incident of violence in Panjab University, in which some youngsters fire at the varsity's gate no 1, has once again called into question the security apparatus of the varsity.

The varsity has recently witnessed a spurt of violence, with as many as four incidents reported in the last two weeks alone.

In the most recent incident, some youngsters allegedly beat up two students and fired at them, even while security personnel remained “mute spectators.”

“The attackers went left the premises on foot. Security personnel could have easily apprehended them. But they did not make any effort,” said an eyewitness student, who did not wish to be named, adding that if such an audacious attempt could occur on the campus, nobody was safe.

Eyewitnesses said that the security personnel did not even lock the gate.

Meanwhile, questions over how the attackers, reported to be outsiders, entered the campus are now being raised.

“They had a pistol with them. How were they allowed to enter with weapons? What if the bullet had hit somebody?” asked another student.

The other incidents reported recently also saw groups use weapons and instruments for attacking one another.

Last week, two groups of students entered into a brawl near the department of chemistry, wielding bats and canes.

In another scuffle near the PU market, a group of students even damaged a car in a fight.
Last week, a jeep belonging to a hosteller was also set ablaze in the parking of boys' hostel no 2 and 3.

Claiming that the recent incidents were the work of outsiders, dean student welfare (DSW) Navdeep
Goyal said that all the incidents were over personal rivalry.

“In Friday's incident, the culprits were able to escape as the incident happened at the gates and security personnel could not act. The police are investigating the case. Those involved will not be spared,” said Goyal, adding that a meeting with security personnel had been called on Saturday to review arrangements.