Amid tight security arrangements at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit on Saturday, the university employees and people living on the campus had to face the brunt by waiting for the opening of gates for over two hours.
To check security arrangements, the police administration conducted thorough security drills on the campus with all gates been closed for common people for more than two hours.
The police personnel closed all entrance gates to the university at 10.30 am to ensure smooth conduct of security drills. However, unaware of the decision in this regard, people in large numbers gathered in front of gates waiting for them to open. The gates, however, opened at 12.30 pm.
Several people could be seen arguing with the cops deployed at the gates for not allowing them to enter the campus. The cops were seen asking people to spend some time until the security drill gets completed.
Even as people were virtually praying for allowing them to enter the campus, one of a cops at gate number four to persuade angry people said "Andar security di rehearsal chali hai, par hun tan ik hi ghante di gal bachi hai, tusin kulche-chhole khake ayo, unin der tak gate vi khul jan ge"(Security's rehearsal is going on inside the campus. It is a matter of only one hour now, you must go and have kulche-chhole by then the gates will be open).
Expressing his anger, professor Gurmukh Singh Gill (retired) rued, "I am waiting for the gate to open for the past one-and-a-half hour. I had come to attend a meeting with some employees. This is really embarrassing that the police had barred entry on the campus for over two hours in the name of security drills."
"Neither the district administration nor the university authorities bothered to inform people about the closing of gates for two hours. I am arguing with the policemen for allowing entry to PAU as I have to go to my house which is on the campus," expressed Usha Sharma, a nurse in the university hospital.
Another resident Jaswinder Singh said, "I go to the senior secondary school on the campus to pick up my son who studies in Class 5. But due to the closure of gates I am unable to enter the campus and my son will be waiting for me at the school. Either the administration should have informed us of the situation or it should have been declared a holiday on Friday."