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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Punjabi varsity to pay traffic penalty on behalf of students

Navrajdeep Singh, Hindustan Times  Patiala, August 10, 2014
First Published: 09:05 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 09:07 IST(10/8/2014)

A day after the traffic police set up a naka within Punjabi University premises and challaned students for violations, the university authorities on Saturday decided to pay the fine amount on behalf of the defaulters.

Succumbing to pressure from students, the authorities wasted no time in issuing a written assurance, setting a bad example.
 
The cops set up a special ‘naka’ near the main gate of the university from 10 am to 1 pm and slapped a fine on 12 students for violating traffic norms. They also impounded two vehicles for not carrying the necessary documents.
 
ASI Sukhwinder Singh said, “Majority of the offences included riding triples, not wearing a helmet, and not carrying the relevant papers.”

In the aftermath of the student-group clash in the campus on Wednesday night, local police have increased vigilance to tighten the noose on outsiders. In the brawl, one group also fired several rounds in the air.

The entry of outsiders in the campus has become a cause of worry for university authorities as well as students.

However, following the traffic police’s action, members of the All India Student Federation (AISF), Punjabi University Research Scholar Association (PURSA) and Student Federation of India (SFI) held a protest and blocked the main gate on Friday evening, demanding a ban on entry of traffic police and local police into university premises.

They also demanded that the university pay the fine amount on their behalf.

University provost Nishan Singh Deol and security in charge Captain Gurtej Singh (retd) went to pacify the students.

Speaking to HT, Deol said though the move was to keep a tab on entry of outsiders, but the students protested the action was against their liberty.

“The students have been assured that the university would return the documents of those challaned on Friday,” he said.Meanwhile, authorities have taken copies of challans from the students and asked them to collect their documents by Monday. However, as per the rules, once the traffic police issue a challan, the offender has to pay the fine to an appellate authority.

AISF president Sumeet Shammi said they were not against challans. “What is the purpose of the university’s security personnel if the local police have to interfere to maintain traffic norms?” he asked.

“If the police want to slap a fine on the defaulters, they should stand outside university premises,” he remarked.

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