AU student shot at in pre-poll rivalry

An Allahabad University student,seeking to contest the students’ union elections,was shot at allegedly by the leader of a rival group in the university area today.

Written by Express News Service | Allahabad | Published: July 17, 2012 4:56:32 am

An Allahabad University (AU) student,seeking to contest the students’ union elections,was shot at allegedly by the leader of a rival group in the university area today. The postgraduate student was reported to be out of danger.

The incident was a result of a tussle between student groups in view of the upcoming Allahabad University Students’ Union (AUSU) elections,which is being held after a gap of six years. The election schedule is yet to be announced.

Reviving the students’ union was a major political issue in the run-up to the Assembly elections,with both Congress and Samajwadi Party promising it.

According to the police,Abhishek Singh alias Sonu was leading a group of students apparently to present a memorandum to the Vice-Chancellor against the alleged thrashing of a youngster on Sunday evening after he objected to his sister’s harassment near the university’s admission centre. A case in this regard had been registered at Colonelganj police station on Sunday.

As Sonu’s group reached near the women’s hostel around 12 noon,another group led by Abhishek Singh alias Michael intercepted them. An argument ensued and Michael opened fire at Sonu from close range with a country-made pistol,police said. “Sonu sustained gunshot injury in his stomach. There was also an exit wound on his back. He was admitted to Swaroop Rani Nehru (SRN) Hospital and is out of danger. We are awaiting a formal complaint to register a case,” said Inspector of Colonelganj police station R D Yadav.

Before being taken to SRN,Sonu was taken by his friends to Preeti Hospital on Panna Lal Road. They shouted slogans and damaged some window panes there following rumours that the hospital had refused to treat Sonu. He was then taken to a hospital in George Town,from where he was referred to SRN,said Yadav.

AU Proctor Prof Mata Ambar Tiwari said Michael,a resident of Tara Chand Hostel,had recently enrolled in the three-year LLB course. Sonu was a first-year student of MA (philosophy). “The two groups had been fighting over putting up banners and hoardings on Lalla Chungi (near women’s hostel) for the past two days,” he said.

Tiwari added: “The guidelines are clear that elections should not be held if they lead to an anarchic situation. The university will have to consider taking steps in this regard.”

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