Firing on Panjab University campus: Police arrest two leaders of PUSU, register case against five

University authorities mull over restricting outsiders’ entry to campus

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: April 10, 2016 3:59 am
Damaged cars after firing in Panjab University Chandigarh on Friday, April 08 2016. Exporess Photo by Sahil Walia Damaged cars after firing in Panjab University Chandigarh on Friday, April 08 2016. Exporess Photo by Sahil Walia

A DAY after firing on Panjab University campus left three injured, the Chandigarh Police arrested two leaders of Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU) who were among those allegedly involved in the incident on Friday evening.

The UT Police registered a case against five people, including two PU students, who were allegedly involved in the incident. Apart from Resham Godara who was arrested, the others named were Saksham, Naval, both PU students, Rindha and SK. Saksham is a student of Chemistry Department while Naval is from the Sociology Department. Naval is the second person to be arrested.

According to the police, PUSU’s Resham Godara who had suffered injury on his jaw and was admitted to PGI was arrested after he was discharged from the hospital on Saturday afternoon. “We have arrested Resham and Naval. Others too will be arrested,” Inspector Narinder Patial, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, told Chandigarh Newsline. “The accused have been booked under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of Indian Penal Code and Arms Act. All these people are associated with PUSU. There were others as well who were with these five at the time of the incident. We are investigating.”

On Friday evening, an altercation between two student groups of Panjab University resulted in injuries to three persons after gunshots were fired on the university campus. A total of eight bullets were fired in the parking lot of PU’s Department of Police Administration, as leaders of PUSU and Students Organisation of India (SOI) got involved in a fight.

Sub-Inspector Ramesh Kumar, investigating officer of the case, said it was unclear who among the five students fired on the SOI leaders. “That is being investigated,” he added.

On Saturday evening, SOI held a candlelight march to protest against the firing incident.

Outsiders’ entry

EMBARRASSED by the incident, the university authorities held a meeting on Saturday. Officials said a discussion was held on restricting the outsiders’ entry to the campus. “We have decided to create a system which will help us restrict entry to the academic area and also to the Students’ Centre, so that no outsider can access these areas. Another meeting is being held on Monday and a final decision will be taken regarding it,” PU’s chief security officer Jatinder Grover told Chandigarh Newsline. “There is fear among students, but there is no need to worry and our priority is the safety of the students.”

Grover said it was also decided to make a guest list prior to all the university functions, so that guests would be allowed only by checking the names as per the list.

On how someone carried a gun inside the campus, Grover said “this is a security lapse”.

Fear factor

THE students of Panjab University expressed shock at the incident and feared the lack of adequate security on the campus. “The administration is responsible for yesterday’s incident,” said Rajan Sharma, a varsity student. “There are no restrictions for the people who come from outside and everybody can enter the campus anytime.”

Rajan feared the incident would give a bad name to the university as “the new admission session is beginning shortly”.

Manjeet Singh, another PU student, said, “Most of the crowd which comes here [to the Students’ Centre] is from outside and they have nothing to do but waste their time here.”

Simran Kaur, who is also studying at Panjab University, said that the incident had created fear among students. “Everything is happening in front of the administration and they are doing nothing,” she said.

Many students said that two-wheelers and cars had a free access to the campus. “At the entrance of the gate, motorcycles and cars are allowed inside the campus without any restriction,” said a student, who wished not to be named. “Those who come inside should be allowed only if they have an identity card.”

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