Two days after students of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology (SLIET) went on rampage, the local police registered case of attempt to murder, rioting and damage of public property against the students.
The police failed to mention number and name of students in the FIR, who had been booked on above charges rather registered the case against unidentified students of SLIET, a deemed university, situated 15km from here.
Protesting against their demands, students went berserk after on May 6, they set the record room, laboratories, and a few vehicles and rooms on fire. They also smashed windowpanes and air-conditioners in the auditorium, administrative block, and many teaching departments damaging the property of worth Rs 2.5 crore.
Senior Superintendent of Police Mandeep Singh Sidhu said even though, the police have ample number of recorded evidences including videos and photographs for the identification of the students but at initial stage the police had registered case against unidentified students.
"The purpose of booking unidentified students despite availability of adequate evidences, had been taken after taking serious note of careers of students", Sidhu said.
"We didn't want to treat students as harsh criminals", Sidhu said.
Sidhu added despite unacceptable and unpardonable acts of arson and rampage of students, police along with district administration were trying to convince students and to solve the issue in good sense.
"The stern action and arrest in the case would be made only after if students failed to budge and break deadlock", Sidhu said.
"The authorities have met their all demands then what was need of protests", he said.
The police would also investigate role of university management for such provocation of students.
The police have registered case under section 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 148 (Whoever is guilty of rioting by deadly), 149 (common attention) and 186 (Obstructing public servant in discharge of public function).
Sidhu said tight security arrangements have been made to avoid any rioting like condition in coming days.
"Parents of several students took their wards back home for security reasons", he said.
Semester Examination postponed
Taking serious note of unrest in the university, the authorities decided to postpone semester examination of different streams, to be scheduled to start from May 9.
Dean (academics) Dheeraj Sud said "under prevailing situation in the campus, it would be not be possible to conduct the end semester examination therefore it had been postponed till further orders. The new dates will be announced and students would be intimated soon".
Calm composed, students protest continue on third day
Braving the heat, calm and composed, hundreds of students protested on the third consecutive day.
Demanding immediate removal of Director Sunil Pandey, students raised slogans against the college management and director.
On Wednesday, faculty of different departments tried to convince students but students started hooting and raised slogans of 'sycophants' following which faculty members returned in dejected state.
The students alleged that faculty and management were still threatening them to face dire consequences if they failed to lift the protest at the earliest.
"We were concerned about our future and career but would not tolerate despotic and autocratic attitude of university director any more", said students.
Individually students not only responsible for rioting, admits university management
Admitting students individually not responsible alone, university authorities on Wednesday admitted that university authorities including management, staff and students were equally responsible for such ruckus and rioting.
The management also admitted that their ignorance and escapism from so called demands and issues of situation had led to rioting like conditions in the campus.
Officiating Registrar Amardeep Singh Dhaliwal said the matter could be solve much earlier if both students and management managed to hold across table meetings.
"There were no demands of students but they only lacked clarification on notification of new rules. Communication gap with students and misinterpretation of rules and regulation notified in January this year, resulted it", Dhaliwal said.
Dhaliwal said they were exploring all the channels and were talking to students through every platform to solve the issue at the earliest.
"Even we were contact with board of directors and secretaries and other concerned authorities to sought out the issue. Even, authorities of union Humar Resource development ministry were aware of the issue and were regularly briefed over the situation in the premises", he said.