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Stricter police ensure major dip in violence

Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 29, 2013
First Published: 10:30 IST(29/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:35 IST(29/8/2013)

Lawlessness and student politics at Panjab University (PU) have been synonyms for each other for years now. However, in recent past, police have been able to curb student politics-related violence.

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      (Police personnel marching on the PU campus on Wednesday. Gurpreet Singh/HT)


Figures show that on an average, five police cases - ranging from attempt to murder to rioting - were registered against members of student parties every year since 2007. This figure has come down to just two this year. In all, 35 police cases have been registered between 2007 and 2013.

The highest figure is for 2010, when 10 such police cases were registered. Among the parties that have been the most notorious for on-campus violence are PU Students' Union (PUSU) and Students' Organisation of PU (SOPU).

While 12 cases involving PUSU members were registered between 2007 and 2013, members of SOPU were named in 10 such cases. During the same time period, Hindustan Students' Association (HSA) with five cases, Indian National Student Organisation (INSO) with four cases, College Students' Union with three cases and Students' Organisation of India (SOI) with one case were the other parties whose members were named in police cases.

However, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) (central) Ashish Kapoor said most persons involved in violence, especially during elections, were outsiders. "They are generally involved in criminal activities and come to create a sense of fear in the students," he said.

The police official added that they had been able to bring down violence in the past few years. "We keep a check on the activities of student leaders, who have a habit of being in and out of trouble. Raids are carried out at hostels to check the presence of outsiders," DSP Kapoor said.

Annual elections to students' council of Panjab University and its affiliated colleges were a regular practice till 1984. However, they were discontinued between 1984 and 1997 because of terrorism in the region. They have been an annual affair at Panjab University since 1998.

Past record
2011

March: Eight students of different parties booked for creating nuisance at a public place near PU's gate number 2. Those booked were: Prateek, Anuj, Dildeep Grewal, Abhishek Nain, Siddharth Malik, Gurjit Singh, Arshdeep and Amardeep Singh.
Status: All have been acquitted.

May: Four students of PUSU booked on charge of rioting and causing hurt after they misbehaved with a security guard on PU campus. The accused were: Gurpreet Singh, Dhrupinder (Cherry Brar), Sukheet Singh Brar and Manmeet Singh.
Status: Case pending in court.

August: Robin Brar of SOPU booked for attacking members of another students' party at the university. He was charged with causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
Status: Case pending in court.

2012
February:
Four SOPU members booked for causing hurt and criminal intimidation after a scuffle at a blood donation camp at PU. The accused were: Ranjodh Singh, Sonu, Manoj Lubana and Vikramjit Singh (Vicky).
Status: Case pending in court.

June: Two PUSU members booked for assaulting two students at PU law department. Rishab Chopra and Sukhdeep Singh were booked for causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
Status: Case pending in court.

August: Three PUSU members booked for attacking a student at UIET campus in Sector 25. They had also threatened the student. Ravinder Singh, Sukhjit Singh Brar and Sukhjit Singh were booked for causing hurt and criminal intimidation.
Status: Case pending in court.

2013
June:
Two groups of PUSU clashed with each other. A case of causing hurt registered against Gurinder Singh Minhas, Baljit Chaudhary, and Harjit Ganja at Sector-11 police station.
Present status: Police probe on

July: Clash between National Students' Organisation, Hindustan Students' Association and National Students' Union of India. Police arrested Jagjit Singh of NSUI and NSO's Dharminder Lathwal, Amit, Sumit and Babu Jatana, all students of PU. The clash had occurred near a helpdesk set up for helping new students. They were booked for causing hurt and attempt to murder.
Status: Police probe on


Downward trend
Year     Police cases
2010      10
2011       3
2012       3
2013       2

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