High drama was witnessed on the Panjab University campus on Tuesday when the supporters of Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) were stopped from carrying out a car rally. Police also detained 20-odd supporters and they were taken to the Sector 11 police station for violating the rules.
The incident took place around 2.30 pm, when nearly 100 supporters, many of them outsiders, headed towards the Student Centre from the PU gurdwara in more than 50 cars and were stopped by the PU authorities after they were found carrying out a car rally.
Though PU is yet to make announcement regarding the date of student council elections, charged up student political groups are trying to make all-out efforts to impress students and show their strength even at the cost of violating the rules.
SOPU had taken permission to make announcement of a few office-bearers at the Student Centre at 1 pm. However, when the authorities came to know about their plans of carrying out the car rally, they tightened security at the gates and did not allow vehicles carrying party stickers inside the campus.
Later, the supporters brought in cars without stickers and took them to the parking of the gurdwara on the campus, where they pasted party stickers on the vehicles. When they headed towards the Student Centre, the PU security staff put barricades along the way and did not allow them to carry out the rally and called the police. Cars were stopped midway and around 20 supporters who could not produce their identity cards were taken to the police station.
The police and security staff had a tough time in controlling the supporters as they also clashed with them.
Following this, the SOPU workers, along with party president Amninder Singh Mann, had to walk up to the Student Centre as the police and security staff did not allow them to take cars.
At the Student Centre, Mann announced Amrit Kaleka as campus president, Tarun Pilot as vice-president (north campus) and Rimpi Soni and Vishwas Girdhar as vice-presidents (south campus).
PU's chief security officer Jatinder Grover said permission to SOPU was given on the condition that they would not use cars to reach the Student Centre.
"When we came to know about the rally, it was stopped. We have decided to issue a show-cause notice to SOPU for violations," said Grover, adding that permission to hold functions on the campus were being granted on the ground that they would not carry out car rallies and not involve outsiders.
The incident comes a day after when two student political groups were issued show-cause notices by the PU for holding car rallies and indulging into hooliganism on the UIET campus.