A clash between students of Punjabi University and police personnel left more than dozen persons injured on the campus on Thursday morning.
Patiala subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Gurpal Singh Chahal also received injuries.Chahal and two of the five injured cops were admitted to Rajindra Hospital.
Later, the police registered a case against 22 identified and 150 unidentified students under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC): 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 333 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 427 (whoever commits mischief and thereby causes loss or damage), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public function) and 187 (omission to assist public servant when bound by law to give assistance).
Trouble started when members of various student unions blocked the main gate of the campus in protest against the non-fulfilment of their demands. The students were demanding a rollback of the fee hike, besides seeking the construction of more hostels, opening of new canteens, and improving the quality of food in the campus cafeterias.
With the protesting students refusing to budge, SDM Chahal and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal reached the spot to hold talks with them.
Tension mounted when the students and the authorities had a heated exchange, leading to a skirmish in which the DSP's turban fell off.
The police then resorted to a lathicharge to disperse the protesters. However, as the students managed to regroup, the police launched a heavy lathicharge. In retaliation, the students pelted the cops with stones, injuring more than five of them. Students also snatched cops' lathis.
Following this, the police made another unsuccessful attempt to disperse the crowd by firing teargas shells.
Patiala deputy commissioner Varun Roojam and senior superintendent of police Hardial Singh Mann rushed to the spot.
"The situation is now under control. We have discussed the matter with the university administration and also met representatives of student unions," Roojam said.
He added that they had asked students to call off their protest to initiate further talks.
More than 500 police personnel have been deployed outside the campus. Students were yet to call off their protest till late on Thursday evening.
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August 26: Student proteste in front of the V-C's office seeking rollback of fee hike and other demands
September 18-22: Students protest in front of VC office against fee hike