Violence could lurk in the shadow during the PU polls this year, if confessions of two arrested Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) leaders – arrested in connection with an April 9 firing incident on campus are any indication. The accused Randeep Kharoud (25) and Gurpreet Singh alias Gopi (26) – were brought on production warrant – from Patiala to Chandigarh on Thursday. The accused have never been enrolled on the PU campus.
They have told the police that main accused in the firing where eight shots were fired – Harwinder Singh alias Rinda – had pledged to take revenge from the Student Organisation of India (SOI), the student wing of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). The duo claimed that Rinda, wanted in several other criminal cases as well, kept weapons on him.
WHISTLING AT GIRLS LED TO THE FIRING
An altercation between two student groups of PU resulted in three students getting injured after gunshots were fired on the university campus. About eight rounds were fired in the parking of PU’s department of public administration as leaders of PUSU and SOI got involved in a fight.
As a result, SOI’s Manpreet Aulakh suffered a gun injury on his upper thigh, PUSU’s Resham Godhara suffered a gun injury on his head and Jashanpreet from SOI suffered injuries on his arm and legs. Other students too suffered injuries as the two parties also began hitting each other with rods. PUSU leaders Naval Kishore and Shishu Mani were also allegedly involved in the firing.