Even as direct elections for the student councils at educational institutions in Punjab are banned, the campus politics is as murky as it can get.
Twenty-one armed youths were arrested for firing at cops here on Thursday, who had come to claim the Guru Nanak Khalsa College’s student union presidentship. They allegedly fired four rounds at the police before being overpowered by the cops after a brief exchange of fire. Police have recovered two pistols, three revolvers, one .15-bore pistol, three double-barrel guns and cartridges from their possession.
A case has been registered against Gurpreet Singh, Jagdeep, Arvinder, Sukhwinder, Jaswinderpal Singh along 16 others under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 336 (threat to personal safety of others) and under the Arms Act at the Sultanpur Lodhi police station.
The police confronted the group at a police checkpoint near Talwandi Chowk and the two sides exchanged bullets at around 1pm.
Sultanpur Lodhi DSP Piara Singh told HT that the group had the backing of Tarn Taran’s gangster Iqbal Singh, who is on the run. The DSP said acting on information that a group of car-borne armed youths was coming towards Sultanpur Lodhi, a checkpoint was erected near Talwandi Chowk.
“After spotting the police, the accused stopped their vehicles and shot four bullets at the cops. We also returned fire and overpowered 21 youths,” he said.
Earlier on September 17, two factions of students had exchanged around 20 rounds at Sultanpur Lodhi grain market over the college presidentship. A first information report (FIR) had been registered in this case against seven people.
As per the FIR, complainant Surjit Singh stated that SAD’s Sultanpur Lodhi president Rajeev Dheer had declared him as the new president of the college’s student union and when they went to a local temple to pay obeisance, a group of seven people, including Jeet Singh of Meerpur village and Mittu of Sultanpur Lodhi, opened fire at them.