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Students’ clash in Chandigarh leaves one injured, pistols recovered from SUV

The SUV belonging to the ABVP students turned turtle opposite the Gymkhana Club in Panchkula after being chased by the police.

punjab Updated: Jul 18, 2017 12:23 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The SUV that overturned near Gymkhana Club in Panchkula on Monday. (Sant Arora/HT )

The police recovered two pistols from a Toyota Fortuner hours after a group of four students of SD College, Sector 32, belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) allegedly attacked a student of Khalsa College, Sector 26, on Monday.

The SUV belonging to the ABVP students turned turtle opposite the Gymkhana Club in Panchkula after being chased by the police. The occupants of the SUV managed to flee.

The Toyota Fortuner the students were travelling in overturned opposite Gymkhana Club in Panchkula. However, the occupants of the SUV managed to flee. The police were trying to search them in the nearby forest area.

The drama started in the noon when ABVP members allegedly attacked a Khalsa College, Sector 26, student at the Sectors 26-28-29-30 light point. Rajat, a resident of Sector 39, who is a sympathiser of National Students Union of India (NSUI), was taken to the Sector 16 hospital with a head injury.

The ABVP members brandished rods and sharp-edged weapons on the busy traffic intersection creating panic in the area. Police said Rajat was in his friend Sumit’s Maruti Ciaz car with some other friends when the ABVP members travelling in a Toyota Fortuner, allegedly attacked hum with rods and sharp edged-weapons. They also smashed the front and the rear windscreen of the car.

A case under Sections 147,148, 149, 323, 341, 506, 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25/54/59 of the Arms Act has been registered against Parminder Singh Mand, Jatinder, Gurjot Sandhu and other ABVP members on the complaint of Sumit, who was also a resident of Phase-9, Mohali.

A revolver inside the overturned Toyota Fortuner in Panchkula. (Sant Arora/HT)

“Harminder Singh of the ABVP, who was driving the SUV, intercepted us. He pointed a revolver pistol at us and asked us to come out. In the meantime, 6-7 boys came out of the Fortuner and attacked us with rods, baseball bats and swords,” said Rajat, while talking to the media persons in the hospital.

The tussle between the two groups has been on for the past one week. First altercation took place a week back outside SD College when Sumit, in-charge of Chandigarh unit of NSUI, along with his supporters, had allegedly manhandled ABVP student leaders. This was followed by a clash in Sector 63, Mohali.

After the clash, the ABVP leaders were hiding in Khuda Ali Sher, Chandigarh. The police were following them and closed all the exit routes. Later the police spotted the SUV, but it suddenly came to a halt. “They reversed the SUV for about a kilometre. We ran towards the vehicle and asked them to come out. We even hit the windshield with a brick, but in vain. The SUV suddenly picked speed, hit our vehicles and sped away,” said head constable Yash Pal.

The cops took a lift on scooters and motorcycles and followed the SUV. The Fortuner entered Panchkula district but lost control and turned turtle as it was coming from Saketri to Mansa Devi side.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 12:18 IST