Panjab University's repeated warnings to student groups to refrain from indulging in violence seem to have yielded no results. Two student groups - Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) - almost came to blows on the first day of BA and BCom five-year law course at University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS), PU, on Monday.
In a separate incident on the same venue, campus president of Indian National Students Organization (INSO) president Gautam Nain allegedly slapped a former campus president of National Students Organisation (NSO) in full public view.
Student bodies had set up stalls outside UILS to help candidates during their counselling. Nearly 200 students are admitted to the two law programmes every year.
The first incident was reported at around 12 pm, when SOI activists, along with some “outsiders” entered into a verbal spat with ABVP activists. Before matters could worsen, however, authorities intervened and the police were called. The police later held two SOI activists over the incident.
In the second incident, sources said that Nain and the NSO activist had a heated exchange of words over an issue of a student switching parties at around 11 am. Following this, Nain alleged slapped the NSO leader. The two calmed down only after other students and PU authorities intervened.
Dean Student Welfare, PU, Navdeep Goyal said the police were called in as soon as the university came to know of the rising tension at the counselling venue. “ It was a minor incident and situation was brought under control within no time,” he said.
Sources said that the presence of student body workers of other campuses had made the situation worse.
“Most of those who indulge in such violence are outsiders as they do not any fear the consequences of such acts. Such incidents are bound to occur unless PU fails to check their entry,” an aspirant present at the counselling said.