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Cops approach parents to keep leaders calm

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 27, 2013
First Published: 11:22 IST(27/8/2013) | Last Updated: 11:24 IST(27/8/2013)

After listing out 40 potential troublemakers and registering some FIRs, the Chandigarh police are now approaching parents of leaders to ensure peace on campus during the Panjab University (PU) student union elections to be held early next month.

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Letters have been sent to parents of around 100 student leaders, and the police have even met some of the families at their native houses in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh asking them to counsel their children.

The move is meant to ensure no violence this time, as bloody fights had become synonymous with university elections for around a decade. The police are also working out modalities to declare PU and the city's colleges as no-weapon area so that even licensed weapons are not taken inside. "We are making all efforts to ensure peaceful polls," said DSP (central) Ashish Kapoor, adding that the police are keeping a vigil at violence-prone areas such as Sector 10, 11 and the UIET campus.

"We are carrying out verification of student leaders from their native villages and city police stations to check if they have any case against them or possess any arms," the DSP said.

Te police have forwarded names of 40 students involved in earlier incidents of crime to SDM Tanvi Garg for preventive action. These students are scheduled to furnish bonds on August 27 in the SDM court. The police are also preparing a detailed list of vehicles that are not to be allowed to enter PU campus and colleges during the elections.

While others were unavailable for comment, Brinder Dhillon, NSUI national coordinator who has been listed among potential troublemakers, insisted, "Though the police have gone to the houses of some leaders, these tactics don't serve much purpose. In fact, the university's present and former students are mature enough to handle situations, and do not need to be warned without any reason."

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