A group of Punjab Agricultural University students were in for a rude shock when a inebriated security guard allegedly misbehaved with them inside the campus on Wednesday evening. Later, one of them, a student of the College of Agriculture, Karanvir Singh, filed a written complaint against the guard with the varsity’s vice Chancellor and estate officer, demanding stringent action be taken against him.
The guard, identified as Ashok, who was reportedly off duty, arrived at the campus accompanied by two outsiders in a car that circled around the library area with loud music blaring out from its open windows. When Karanvir along with other students objected, Ashok said, “Main chutti mana reha haan, karlo tusi jo vi karna hai” (I’m enjoying my off day, do whatever you have to).
Soon Ashok climbed out of the car and started misbehaving with the students who asked him to leave immediately. He appeared completely drunk and began using foul language despite students warning him they would lodge a formal complaint against him. However, much to the surprise of the students, this did not deter him in the least and he instead told them: “Saanu taa 20 saal ho gaye itthe, tuhanu hale chaar saal hi hoye ne” (I’ve been around for the past 20 years but you’ve all been here for just four years).
“The guard later called up on my mobile phone, pleading with me not to file a complain against him to the varsity authorities, and when I turned down his request he resorted to abusive language,” said Karanvir. “He also threatened the students saying “security naal panga laouge taa maanje jaunge’ (If your dare to confront security, it’s you who will be at the receiving end).
However, PAU estate officer JS Mahal, when contacted, underplayed the incident. “The matter isn’t anything serious. In any case, I’ve not received any formal complaint from students and it wouldn’t be right for me to comment on the incident till I look into it,” he added.