Family members and well-wishers of the two students of final year BDS course at the local Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences and Research, who were allegedly feared to have drowned in a canal on Monday, went on a rampage on Tuesday in the college complex and demanded action against college authorities. They alleged that the college authorities had murdered them and thrown their bodies into the canal.
As per information, Sunil, Amardeep, Ashish, Ankit and Nitish, all final year students of BDS, late Monday evening went to a canal on the Ferozepur-Moga road near Malwal village. While they were walking along the canal, Sunil and Amardeep allegedly fell into the canal and to save them, three others also jumped down.
When some villagers noticed all of them drowning in the canal, they came to their rescue. However, the villagers succeeded to save only three of them while Sunil, a resident of Nakodar, and Amardeep of Rayia, could not be saved and were drowned.
When the tragic news reached the families of the two victims, they rushed to the spot and efforts to trace the bodies of the victims continued throughout the night but to no avail. Efforts are still on to trace the bodies.
In the meantime, parents and their relatives jammed the traffic on the Ferozepur-Moga road in front of the collage gate and demanded legal action against the college authorities.
Protesters entered the college campus and went on a rampage breaking glasses of the windowpanes besides damaging other college property.
In the hostel, some students also damaged the college property including laptops given to them by the college. Protesters raised slogans against the college as well as the local administration.
The police arrived immediately. In the meantime, the entire college campus turned into a police cantonment and Ferozepur range DIG Amar Singh Chahal, deputy commissioner Manjit Singh Narang, SSP Rahul S and SP(H) Lakhbir Singh and Amarjit Singh SP(D) along with heavy police force were present there.
Following traffic jammed by the protesters, commuters had to face problems.
Meanwhile, Manjit Singh Narang ordered a magisterial probe into the incident and asked AS Sandhu, ADC(D), Ferozepur, to probe the charges levelled by parents of the victims that the college authorities had allegedly murdered their sons and threw the bodies into the canal. The ADC has been asked to submit the report in a week, added DC.
In the meantime, Sanjay Ahuja, co-chairman of the college, expressed grief on the tragic incident.
"Some people are trying to malign the image of the college unnecessary by alleging the role of the college management into the tragic incident," said Ahuja.
"We will cooperate in the magisterial probe ordered by the district magistrate, so that the exact cause of the incident could be ascertained," he said.