A month after two student organisations of Panjab University (PU) entered into a clash near the help desks set up on the campus, which led to the arrest of one SOI leader, three more students leaders were arrested for their involvement in the incident on Thursday.
The incident took place after some members of Student Organisation of India (SOI) entered into a scuffle with a leader of Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) who had recently switched from SOI to PUSU.
Seven student leaders were booked by the police, namely Meet Jatana, Ricky Palsora, Rashpal Hakuwala, Sarwan Dhillion, Khushdeep, Sukhdeep and Bunty Dhaliwal under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offense committed in prosecution of common object ), 332 (injuring a public servant on duty), 353 (obstructing a public servant from duty by means of assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
While the police had arrested Rashpal Hakuwala, a leader of SOI, on Wednesday evening after another FIR was registered against him in the incident involving attack on an Akhil Bhartiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP) member, other accused remained at large.
“After Hakuwala, we have now arrested Meet Jatana, Navaldep Singh and Harshdeep Shergill,” confirmed DSP (Central) Ashish Kapoor, while talking to Newsline.
He added, “While Hakuwala and Jatana were named in the FIR, Singh and Shergill were arrested after their involvement was confirmed through the video recordings of that day. They were identified.”
While Hakuwala and Jatana belong to SOI, the other two leaders Shergill and Singh are from PUSU.
Expressing their state of shock, Manveer Dhaliwal, senior leader from PUSU, said, “The police had called them to the police station for a verification process, and in order to extend our co-operation, we had sent our members. But, we later came to know, that they had been arrested. The police had all the evidence since the date of clash, but it took them a month to identify our leaders.”
On July 1, three university security personnel were injured in a clash involving the Chief Security Officer Jitender Grover. All the help desks were removed after the incident.