‘Student rivalry’ triggers another brawl in PU

Another brawl,involving members of rival student organisations,at the Panjab University on Thursday evening has brought the university authorities and the police at loggerheads.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: February 27, 2009 12:11 am

Another brawl,involving members of rival student organisations,at the Panjab University on Thursday evening has brought the university authorities and the police at loggerheads. Vice-Chancellor R C Sobti chastised the police for its failure to check such anti-social elements while the police blamed the lax management of security on the campus.

On Thursday,Barinder Dhillon,president of Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU),and his friend Robin Brar were allegedly attacked by seven persons outside the English department. The attackers,who arrived in a black Skoda Octavia (CH03U 8055),are believed to be supporters of Punjab University Students’ Union (PUSU)

“We heard what sounded like gunshots and rushed to the spot. The assailants fled leaving the car behind,” an eyewitness told the police. The car belongs to one Gurtej Pannu,who was booked under the Arms Act after the police recovered swords and other sharp-edged weapons from the car.

The police said students were injured in the brawl as proven by the bloodstains on the road. “But nobody has come forward till now. The fight seems to be the result of rivalry between PUSU and SOPU,” said Station House Officer of the Sector-11 police station Sukhbir Rana.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Madhur Verma said they were investigating whether any gunshots were fired or not as none of the victims referred to any such thing in their statements.

The police,meanwhile,have decided to move an application in court to cancel the bail of Gurtej Pannu. ASP Verma said Pannu has earlier been booked in six cases relating to attempt to murder,assault,and the Arms Act.

The fisticuffs,then the arguments
* V-C: The police have failed to check anti-social elements moving with weapons on the campus.
ASP: PU’s internal security is supposed to check every car at the entry gates. This is a lapse on part of the university.

* V-C: The police pay scant attention towards the security of the campus.
ASP: We have set up checkposts outside the PU gates several times but the university authorities asked us toremove them.

* V-C: The police never assist the university in streamlining security.
ASP: We have come forward every time.

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