Varsity gate locked for 2nd day; students hold parallel protests

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Oct 09, 2015 21:01 IST
Members of Punjabi University Students’ Sangarsh Committee holding a protest against PU management in Patiala. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Punjabi University authorities’ claims that it would soon resolve the issue of traffic regulation on campus fell flat on Friday as protesting students under the umbrella of nine different unions kept the main gate of the varsity locked for the second day running.

The main demand of the protesters has been that the administration must not impose any restriction or ban on the movement of students’ vehicles, especially four-wheelers on the campus.

Division among students

However, students are not united over the issue with members of four unions under the banner of Democratic Student Organisation (DSO) holding another parallel protest demanding a ban on the entry of four-wheelers of students as well as outsiders.

This group locked up the vice-chancellor office for the third day running on Friday and continued their protest.

Amidst all this, the university authorities’ silence has been deafening with little action being taken to break the impasse.

The impasse cause major inconvenience to over 400 families living inside the campus even on Friday, although there was no rush of students inside the campus since university had suspended the classes.

The university may also see complete washout of its next working day on Monday, if the issue is not resolved by then.

Registrar Davinder Singh said the authorities were in touch with protesters and a solution was expected soon.

“If things do not turn out well, the university will not hesitate in taking strict action,” he added, a warning that he has been giving for the past three days.

“We will continue with our protest till our demands will not be full filled. We are against banning of students’ vehicles. The varsity can go ahead with banning the entry of the outsiders in the campus,” said Parmal Pajeta, president of Student Youth Federation of India (SYFI), one of protesting group at the university’s main gate.

DSO president Aman Bajeke said they had no problem with the varsity banning the entry of students’ vehicles and outsiders

as well.

“We want better implementation of traffic rules and laws so that the number of road mishaps is reduced,” he added.

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