Yet again, the plan to completely ban outsider vehicles on the Panjab University campus in Chandigarh from Monday onwards fell flat owing to lack of security and coordination.
Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) carried out a huge car rally on the campus, with over 55 high-end cars. The party president admitted that not all the cars belonged to PU students but their supporters from affiliated colleges had also joined the car rally.
Rana Grewal, SOPU president said, “Restrictions were not that strict today. We had already planned for this rally and managed to enter the campus with support from outside. Our cars bore party posters instead.”
Registrar Col GS Chadha (retd) said, “I had already issued instructions to the security. However, certain guests were to arrive on campus due to which we had relaxed the restrictions a bit, the outsiders must have come during that period of time. I’ll take the feedback from the security officer about the lapse.”
One of the security officials at gate number 2 said, “We were checking each and every vehicle that did not have a PU sticker and even asked for identity cards from all. One student in a car showed us the ID card and we allowed them in. How do we ask every student in the car to show their cards?”
However, PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover said all the stickers had not been distributed yet and they allowed people inside who showed their ID cards because counselling sessions were on.
“We did not even get to know when the outsiders managed to enter the campus. From tomorrow onwards, not even a single outsider will be allowed to enter the campus and rules will be stricter this time,” he added.
He further added that outsiders who have work on the campus will not be able to bring their cars inside through gate number 2 and 3 as outsiders’ entry will be banned completely.
However, they will only be allowed to park their vehicles at the parking at gate number 1 and use the shuttle service or the e-rickshaw service to reach respective destinations.”