Panic gripped the campus of DAV College here after a bloody clash between two student groups outside the college on Saturday, in which as many as eight youths were injured.
Carrying batons and sharp-edged weapons, about 25 youths belonging to rival groups clashed around 1pm outside the college. Eyewitnesses said some youths were also carrying firearms, but it was not clear whether shots were fired or not.
As the clash turned bloody, about 4-5 students entered the campus to save their lives, causing panic among students and staff members present on the campus.
Students said blood stains were visible on the road near main gate. As police were informed, cops led by station house officer Sanjeev Kumar turned up at the spot.
The injured were admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital and Amandeep Hospital. Sources said majority of the youths involved in the clash were students of the college. However, principal Rajesh Kumar refuted this claim, saying only a youth from Bhikhiwind in Tarn Taran district was their student. He also denied that the youths were carrying firearms. He said some outsider groups were trying to vitiate the atmosphere on the campus.
“Nothing more can be said. Police and college staff are inquiring into the matter. Action will be taken against if students are found involved in the clash,” he said.
Sources said the groups had associations with rival political parties and enjoyed the patronage of local leaders. A minor clash had also taken place a couple of weeks ago.
The SHO said action will taken against those involved after the probe.