The district police have booked 15 people, including three professors of Government Brijindra College here under sections 307(attempt to murder), 323(voluntarily causing hurt), 324(causing hurt with dangerous weapons), 148(rioting armed with deadly weapons), 149(guilty of offence committed with common object) and 120-B(criminal conspiracy) of the IPC on the complaint of Kala Singh, an activist of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), who was seriously injured in an attack on Friday.
Besides three professors, most of the others booked in the case are students of the college.
Those booked have been identified as Sukhdeep Singh, Gora Brar, Harvir Singh, Jaggu Brar, Bittu Bhalwan, Gopi Brar, Parminder Singh besides three professors Pritam Singh Bhangu, Navdeep Sekhar and Parminder Singh and five unidentified people.
Kala Singh, who has suffered about 25 injuries, has alleged in his police complaint that the accused assaulted him with sharp-edged weapons on Friday when he reached near the Nehru stadium in front of the college to watch the ongoing games.
Members of the PSU had also been allegedly attacked by members of the other group on November 5 and again the two groups had clashed in the college on November 6 in which eight of them were injured.
The issue of the tussle is stated to be a park in the college. “The park named Guru Nanak Park in the college was earlier closed for use by students by the college authorities. But the PSU held a protest and asked the authorities to open the park for students. But the park was opened only for boys and not for girls. But our activists demanded that the park should be opened for the use of both boys and girls.
After the college authorities did not permit this, PSU activists opened it themselves, but the college authorities then put up notice saying a fine of `1,100 will be imposed if anyone is found sitting in the park. The three professors, who have been booked by the police, instigated the other group to attack our activists as they nursed a grudge against the PSU,” alleged Rajinder Singh, general secretary of the PSU.
Kala has stated in his complaint that he was attacked by the accused because they suspected that he had supported PSU activists in a clash that took place earlier.
Professor Pritam Singh Bhangu, who has been booked along with two other professors, Navdeep Sekhar and Parminder Singh, from agriculture and geography departments respectively, denied any role in the case.
“We had rather tried to pacify both the groups when they clashed on November 6 as they were also asked by the 5- member committee formed by the principal to look into the matter. Despite our efforts, students did not approach the committee with their grievances. Our duty is to provide best environment for studies in the college. We cannot even think of supporting any group. Our names have been falsely dragged into the case,” Bhangu said.
“Kala was allegedly attacked outside the college and we were not present there. We want the police to thoroughly investigate the case as it is unfortunate that our names have been dragged into it,” Bhangu said.
“The police have registered the case as per the statement of the injured, but we shall verify the facts,” said Sukhdev Singh Brar, deputy superintendent of police, Faridkot subdivision.