At the Panjab University campus,while students were seen busy campaigning in various departments,the authorities were trying to pull the strings on any kind of illegal activities that might cause a mishap.
Gate number 1 remained shut today as all the tents of various parties are close to this gate. Police surveillance also remained high in this area. Two night vision cameras were put up to monitor the activities at the tents. During the security check at the gates on Monday and Tuesday,a hunter and an airgun were confiscated.
Campaign timings for the hostels have been fixed. While PUSU was allowed to take out a rally near the girls hostels on Tuesday,SOPUs rally is scheduled for Wednesday. The police department along with PU authorities conducted raids at boys hostel numbers 3,4,5 and 8,at 4 am on Monday. About five outsiders were found from hostel number 5 and were let off after giving a warning.
Mudslinging began in the university elections as SOPU leaders staged a protest in front of the VCs office against PUSU president Sukhjit Brar. They alleged that Brars mess bill for the past eight months has exceeded one lakh rupees and that he is not even a hostel student now.
They alleged that the current address provided by him to the university is also false. SOPU leaders demand that the university ban his entry to the PU campus,cancel his admission,register a case of fraud under the provisions of the IPC and ban PUSU from contesting the elections. The VC has ordered an enquiry into the matter.
INSO against SOPU
The leaders of INSO alleged that SOPU workers are using the name of INSO and claiming that they have an alliance with it,during campaigning in the UIET department. They said that they have substantial evidence to prove it,which includes pictures of SOPU workers with INSO stickers on their clothes and pamphlets distributed by SOPU announcing the alliance.
While SOPU decided its entire panel of office bearers,ABVP made some changes. SOPU and its alliances declared Seeral Arora from UIET as their nominee for the post of vice-president and Kanhaiya Lal Bansal,a Chemistry final year student,as candidate for joint secretary. In the ABVP panel,the president and joint secretary are the same as was announced on Monday. Gurpreet Kaur from the Department of Human Rights has been nominated to contest for the post of Vice President,and for the post of Secretary,the party has nominated Vaibhav Gupta from the Department of Law.
At the UIET department this afternoon,PUSU leaders were found disturbing classes during their election campaign. PUSU leader Jeevanjyot Singh (Jugnu) was rounded up by the Sector-24 police officials. However,no complaint was registered against him. According to the Lyngdoh guidelines,candidates cannot disturb classes for campaigning purposes.
Vice-Chancellor A K Grover along with officials of the police department conducted a series of meetings with the students in the morning and principals of the affiliated colleges in the afternoon on Tuesday.