It?s poll time, city on the boil
Cops, DAV students clash
OVER A dozen students were injured when police lathicharged agitated students at the DAV Degree College here on Wednesday. One of the seriously injured students, Abhishek Gupta, was admitted to a private nursing home. Two other students, Anil Chauhan and Neeraj Yadav, were also badly hurt.
The college management claimed that the students went berserk when they found their names missing from the admission list. They raised slogans against the college management and also tried to gherao the principal’s office.
The agitation turned intense when student leaders of the college also joined the sloganeering students.
However, students refuted the allegation and said that they were not agitated over the admission issue. As the students began to raise slogans regarding union election, the police personnel swung into action.
The students claimed that the cops also raised guns at them.
The students when they went to apprise the principal of police misbehaviour, they were chased by away by constables posted there.
This provoked other students, who started pelting stones on the police personnel. Within minutes it the entire area resembled a strife zone passers-by also became a victim of stone pelting. To bring the situation under control, the cops canecharged the students to disperse them.
Later, DAV College student leaders Vivek Bhadauria and Saurabh Bhadauria condemned the police action. They urged the college management to allow students to canvass within the purview of the students’ union election code of conduct.
Meanwhile, incidents of clashes were also reported from the BND College, the Halim Muslim and the HSJS College.
The district administration is alarmed at the sudden spurt in violence over students’ union elections. Officials fear if immediate steps are not taken then it could prove to be a major law and order problem.