The University Institute of Engineering (UIET) saw unruly scenes on Monday afternoon as workers of National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Student Organization of India (SOI) held rallies at the same time. According to officials, NSUI was holding a rally at around 1:30 pm and was making announcements of its office bearers when workers of SOI entered the open area outside UIET canteen shouting party slogans. Both parties resorted to sloganeering and hooliganism later.
Security guards tried to calm down workers from both sides. However, when they did not budge, they called the police, who later controlled the situation. Tension prevailed for several hours on the UIET campus following the incident.
Dean of student welfare Navdeep Goyal said, “I have been briefed about the events, which unfolded in the UIET campus today afternoon. We have decided to issue show-cause notices to both parties as they held rallies without seeking any permission.” The university has banned any political assembly of student party workers without prior permission from university authorities nearly a week ago.
The incident occurred despite vice chancellor AK Grover and SSP, Chandigarh, Sukhchain Singh, telling party leaders that elections would be held only if there was no violence in a meeting on Friday.