SOPU stages protest against ‘false’ complaints

A huge drama was witnessed at the Sector-11 police station on Thursday where a large number of Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) supporters staged a protest.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:August 20, 2010 3:08 am

A huge drama was witnessed at the Sector-11 police station on Thursday where a large number of Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) supporters staged a protest.

The workers were protesting against the “false” complaints registered against two members of the party — Birender Singh Dhillon and Harpreet Multani. Nearly two hours later,the police managed to strike a compromise and pacify the situation.

The incident took place when Panjab University hostel (boys) number 6 warden Prof Gurmeet Singh forwarded a complaint to the police against Dhillon and Multani. The complaint was submitted by Rajan Brar,a student of UILS department and member of Panjab University Students’ Union (PUSU). Brar accused both of threatening and abusing him in the hostel on late Wednesday night.

Sources said there was an old personal tiff between Brar and Dhillon,as Brar was earlier with the SOPU,but later joined its rival party. On receiving the complaint,SHO Sukhbir Rana called both the parties to have a peaceful compromise through dialogue. This led to a protest by a huge number of SOPU supporters,claiming that Dhillon and Multani were being implicated.

“Rather,Brar was in an inebriated state when he started abusing me. But we ignored him and left the place. In the morning,I was shocked when the Sector-11 SHO called me to appear at the station.

It is mere mudslinging and false accusations against both of us,to gain some cheap popularity ahead of the elections,” said Dhillon.

The SOPU members also raised the question as to how the hostel warden of boys hostel number 6 forwarded the complaint,while the complainant is a resident of hostel number 5. Hostel warden Prof Gurmeet Singh said he did not forward the complaint,while the SHO maintained otherwise. “I have not forwarded the complaint,as Rajan Brar is not the resident of my hostel,” said Singh.

Later,in the evening,the Panjab University authorities called an all party meet to ask members to resort to peaceful methods and avoid mudslinging in the wake of elections.

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