In a first-of-its-kind move, the UT police have banned all victory processions in vehicles at Panjab University (PU) and its affiliated colleges, where student council elections are to be held. If any such procession is held, all vehicles involved will be impounded by the cops.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) (central) Ashish Kapoor said, "This year the situation is critical and such processions can cause violence, because of which we have banned them completely on both varsity as well as college campuses."
The move hasn't gone down well with student bodies and students.
Ankita Sharma, an MA student at PU, said, "Victory procession is the best part of election day. It used to be exciting to see high-end cars, jeeps and modified two-wheelers going around the campus celebrating victory."
Shubham, a third-year student at University Institute of Engineering and Technology UIET), said, "The move will be a complete mood spoiler. I really resent this decision."
Meanwhile, in view of the elections on Friday, colleges and UT cops have made tight security arrangements. Both colleges and varsity are expected to be turned into a fortress. While about 50 cops will be posted at each college, around a 100 would be deployed at DAV College, Sector 10; Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26; and SD College, Sector 32.
Only foot march allowed
The only celebrations allowed after the results include the winning party walking on foot in police circle towards the Student Centre. Once at the centre, the party is allowed to raise slogans and celebrate as the results are officially announced by the dean student welfare (DSW).
Even at colleges, no vehicle would be allowed inside and the winning party can only move around the college on foot to celebrate victory.