With just 48 hours left for election to the Panjab University Campus Students Council,Chandigarh Police has beefed up security on the campus by deploying 100 police personnel on the campus. The number is set to increase to 200 on the voting day.
While the police have decided to carry out a flag march on the campus on Monday and Tuesday,the university authorities have added 38 more CCTV cameras for constant vigil during elections.
However,the student organisations continue to flout the elections norms. While most of the parties are still found to be using the printed manifestos for campaigning,cars with printed banners are also making rounds in the varsity. The use of printed material is against the Code of Conduct for student elections,framed by the Lyngdoh Commission,led by former chief election commissioner J M Lyngdoh. In 2006,the Supreme Court had ordered all the academic communities to implement these recommendations on the campus.
On Sunday,around 15 baseball sticks and stumps were seized by the police from various cars entering from gate no. 2 of the university. While such a seizure has been reported in the past few elections too,the police continue its stance of issuing a mere warning to the offenders and taking note of their particulars for future records.
Such instances are being reported for the last few years,but nothing concrete is being done to check this. A mere seizure of hockey or baseball sticks does not serve as a deterrent,because those who bring them are also capable of fighting with their hands on the campus, said one of the student leaders.
However,Deputy Superintendent of Police Ashish Kapoor said,We keep a record of such persons and their vehicle numbers. So if they repeat the act again,a strict action is taken against them.
Talking about the action being taken against cars with printed banners on the campus,he said,The police are monitoring all these activities through CCTV cameras installed at various points on the campus and videography is also done. So,after the elections get over,we will add the expenditure incurred on the cars to their respective parties expenses and take a suitable action.
Elaborating on the arrangements for D-day,he said that the party members had been asked to leave their respective tents set up in the varsity by 10 pm. We are also checking the paying guest (PGs) accommodations in the sectors adjoining the university and have asked the students staying in PGs to get their registration done as a preventive measure, he added.