With Panjab University (PU) students elections scheduled for September 5, the UT police have increased their presence both on the university campus and affiliated colleges.
While on the university campus several outsiders can be seen roaming around, police and PU security officials seem to turning a blind eye to them and it’s the students who are facing all the trouble.
The high-handedness of the police can be ascertained from the fact that they stop and check anybody and even send them to the police post for verification.
Students and those affiliated with various outfits are resenting this.
The late night checking at the boys’ hostels has also not gone down well with many students. They complain that people come banging on their doors for checking the rooms in the middle of the night.
On Tuesday, four youths were made to sit in a police jeep and were taken to the police post located on the campus.
Malkit Singh, SHO, Sector-11 police station, who was also present on the spot, said the students were taken to the police post since they were not carrying valid ID card.
“We thought they were outsiders and thus took them. They were let off after verification,” Malkit Singh said. Many on the campus say that the security is becoming more of a hassle.
Anoop, who runs a shop at the Student Centre, said their business during the election time would go up earlier. But things are different this time and even the workers are facing problems while coming to the university.
Heated arguments exchanged
Heated arguments were exchanged at DAV College, Sector 10, between a girl supporter of Haryana Student Association (HSA) and a supporter of Indian National Student Organisation (INSO). The girl objected to alleged calls being made by the boy at her personal mobile number. College principal BC Josan said that faculty intervened to resolve the matter.
22 students furnish surety bonds
On Tuesday, 22 students who were booked under preventive measures fearing that they might create trouble during the student council elections were made to appear before the court of sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) where they furnished their surety bounds. In all, 28 students were booked under Section 107/150 of the CrPC last week.
They included Arshdeep Singh, alias Robin Brar, Manoj Lubana, Sunny Mehta, Amninder Mann, Sachin Kanwar, Dinesh Chauhan, Sehajpal and Rashpal Singh.
Chandan Rana, student council president of last year, Gautam Nain, campus president INSO, Neeraj Kharab HSA president and Yadwinder Singh, SOPU campus president also appeared in court.