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NSUI protests removal of help desks by PU after Tuesday clash

NSUI volunteers help students fill forms at Panjab University on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Jasbir Malhi) NSUI volunteers help students fill forms at Panjab University on Wednesday. (Source: Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)
Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: July 3, 2014 1:00 pm

Members of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), on Wednesday, protested against Panjab University’s decision to remove help-desks and made attempts to set up their own desk outside the Aruna Ranjit Chandra Hall at the varsity.

All help-desks put up by student organisations of the varsity were removed by PU security personnel on Tuesday evening, after a clash took place between members of the Student Organisation of India (SOI) and Panjab University Student’s Union (PUSU). PU Chief Security Officer and two other security personnel were injured in the incident where students threw chairs at each other. Seven students were later booked by the police. NSUI members, however, argue that since permission was granted to all parties to set up help-desks till 5 pm on Wednesday, they should be allowed to do so.

“The clash took place between members of SOI and PUSU and they should be punished. But others should be allowed to continue,” said Manoj Lubana, a NSUI member.  Members of the SFI and SFS also condemned the varsity’s move to remove the help-desks.

PU, meanwhile, stuck to its decision and did not allow NSUI to set up a help-desk. “All parties had signed an affidavit that in case of any untoward incident involving any organisation, help-desks of all parties will be removed,” said PU Chief Security Officer, Jatinder Grover.

Though the security personnel removed all banners and chairs from the spot, NSUI members continued to help parents and students with the admission process by sitting under a tree. They vacated the area only after 3 pm.

PUSU SUBMITS REPRESENTATION

Members of the PUSU have submitted a representation to the Chief Security Officer, requesting the varsity to take action against the SOI members who have been named in the FIR concerning Tuesday’s clash.

“Those members from SOI are roaming in the campus and are threatening our members. They are no longer students of the varsity, and the varsity should take action against them,” said Sahejpal Singh, PUSU president.

However, PU authorities explained their difficulty in keeping a check on entry of outsiders. “The process of admission is on in various departments. It is difficult to keep a check,” said Grover.

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