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DAV takes preventive measures for peaceful polls

Eileen Singh, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 24, 2013
First Published: 09:56 IST(24/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:04 IST(24/8/2013)

During the Panjab University elections, DAV College, Sector 10, has maintained a reputation of being the most notorious college. However, this year the college authorities have taken extra care to avoid any kind of activities that disrupt peace, by deploying more police personnel's in and around the campus.

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College principal BC Josan said, "The reason we have asked police and teacher's to cooperate is not to stop any kind of activity going on in the college. This is rather a precautionary measure, where we are just trying to control the activities of the students.

Josan added, "We are in fact trying to mingle with these parties to know what they are trying to do. To avoid any violence that might get initiated from the parties on the premises, we have asked more police personnel to come to the college and control any illegal practices."

The college has around five women constables and almost nine male police personnel's who have placed two police barricades on either side of the gate, and no vehicles are being allowed to come inside these barriers.

"We are not allowing any unidentified vehicle or the one's which are fully loaded with boys without proper identity cards, inside the barrier. This is for the student's safety," said a police personnel posted near the barriers.

The principal also met the station house officer (SHO) of the area and other police officials to ensure peaceful elections.

The college has a reputation of becoming a battleground of various parties during the time of the university polls.

Josan, who is determined to change this reputation said, "The college has a past of being the venue of a face-off between various parties during and after the elections. Hence, we decided to take precautions. The students coming inside have to show their college identity card. All outsiders are being nabbed by the police."

Discussing defacement of property, Josan adds, "We have restricted any kind of defacement practice and instead have given equal space to all student parties to display their posters and information." The students are happy with the measures being taken.

Roma Waraich, donning a promotional sticker of the Punjab University Student's Union (PUSU) said, "This is a good move to build the image of the college because of late, a lot of outsiders managed to enter the college. The move has also made girls' campaign safely."

Another student Sahiba Kaur, who is supporting Hindustan Students Association (HSA) said, "This time the police has been deployed early. Last year too, there was police. This helps curb the entry of outsiders."

Traffic chaos

1) A long beeline of cars ranging from sedans, SUV's to other high-end brands can be seen outside the college, on either side of the road.
2) The parking space is limited, while the number of cars keeps increasing, said students.
3) There are 6,700 students in the college. Pincipal Josan said, "How much and where do we create parking space near the college?"

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