Ramjas row in Chandigarh: ABVP-SFS clash at Panjab university, students released on bail
All the eight students arrested as preventive measure following the clash between activists of student organisations on the PU campus, were produced before the SDM around 11:30 pm on Monday and released on bail.Updated: Feb 28, 2017 19:01 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
All the eight students arrested as preventive measure following the clash between activists of student organisations — right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and left-leaning Students for Society (SFS) —on the Panjab University campus, were produced before the SDM around 11:30 pm on Monday and released on bail.
Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 11 police station, Lakhbir Singh, said that the situation is under control at the moment but they are keeping a close watch. He added that the students will have to depose before the SDM on March 22.
The clash was apparent fallout of the row over the disruption of a literary event at Delhi University’s Ramjas College last week.
The situation at Student Centre, where the clash broke out, became so tense that police had to be called in, with the rival outfits resorting to violence and hurling abuses at each other. Eight students — four each belonging to the two organisations — were arrested as preventive measure on the complaint of the PU chief security officer.
They were arrested as a preventive measure under sections 107 and 151 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).
Their medicals according to police were conducted at Government MultiSpecialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16.”
Those arrested were identified as Saurabh Kapoor, Kushal Kondal, Harmanjot Singh Gill and Akshay of ABVP; Ravinder Singh, Gurpreet, Ramanpreet and Daman of SFS. Reports said over 100 ABVP supporters gathered at the Student Centre at 1:30pm to hold a protest against the SFS, which they said had called the security forces “rapists” in a speech at PU on Saturday in response to the Ramjas incident. Soon after they started raising slogans, the SFS supporters entered into an argument with them, and it eventually took the shape of a brawl.
OUTFITS INDULGE IN BLAME GAME
ABVP state president Saurabh Kapoor said, “We strongly condemn the violence by SFS.” ABVP spokesperson Harmanjot Singh said, “If such things are happening here and the university is not taking action against them it means they are hand in glove with each other.”
SFS spokesperson Harmandeep said, “On Saturday, we organised a demonstration at PU against the ABVP’s hooliganism at Ramjas College. During the demonstration, a speaker citing a National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) report on rapes of 16 tribal women by security forces in Chhattisgarh argued that such issues should be raised in universities. The ABVP made an issue out of this.”
When contacted, dean students welfare (DSW) Emanuel Nahar said, “The brawl took place after a student leader made a statement during a protest. I believe that such political issues should not be brought up at academic institutions. As the matter became serious, the chief security officer called police and asked the SHO to take legal action against the students named in the complaint.”
NSUI’S CANDLELIGHT MARCH FOR ‘PEACE’
In the wake of the clash between ABVP and SFS members at PU on Monday, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) held a candlelight march starting from Student Centre, to what they termed as “a message of peaceful environment in the university”. Later in the evening , SFS supporters also held a rally on the campus against the alleged hooliganism of ABVP.
First Published: Feb 28, 2017 11:39 IST