Following protests on the campus of a private university in Punjab’s Mohali over allegations of a student leaking private videos of other students, Himachal Pradesh Police late on Sunday nabbed one of the accused in the case from Shimla.
Sanjay Kundu, the Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, said on Twitter: “Chandigarh University case. Himachal Pradesh Police reacted to request of Punjab Police with sensitivity & professionalism. We nabbed the accused. Congrats to Dr Monika, SP Shimla & her team for great professional work.”
Chandigarh University case.
Himachal Pradesh Police reacted to request of Punjab Police with sensitivity & professionalism.
We nabbed the accused.
— Sanjay Kundu, IPS (@sanjaykunduIPS) September 18, 2022
Earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had appealed to people to avoid rumours and stated that a high-level inquiry has been initiated into the incident. Earlier, senior AAP leaders, including party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Sunday urged for calm and said the guilty will get the ‘harshest punishment’.
The woman student involved in sharing the videos online has also been taken into police custody. The police have also said an investigation into the matter is underway.
Arvind Kejriwal, whose party rules Punjab, tweeted in Hindi to say the incident was “serious and shameful” as he asked all affected students “daughters” and asked them to be strong.
“This is very serious and shameful. All the culprits involved in this will get the harshest punishment. The daughters who are affected must be strong. We are all with you. Everyone must be patient,” he said.
चंडीगढ़ यूनिवर्सिटी में एक लड़की ने कई छात्राओं के आपत्तिजनक वीडियो रिकॉर्ड करके Viral किए हैं। ये बेहद संगीन और शर्मनाक है। इसमें शामिल सभी दोषियों को कड़ी से कड़ी सजा मिलेगी। पीड़ित बेटियाँ हिम्मत रखें। हम सब आपके साथ हैं। सभी संयम से काम लें।
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 18, 2022
Meanwhile, Mann tweeted, “Our daughters are our pride…have ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. We will take strict action against the guilty. I am in touch with the administration. I appeal to all of you to avoid rumours.”
चंडीगढ़ यूनिवर्सिटी की घटना सुनकर दुख हुआ…हमारी बेटियां हमारी शान हैं…घटना की उच्च स्तरीय जांच के आदेश दे दिए हैं..जो भी दोषी होगा सख्त कार्रवाई करेंगे…
मैं लगातार प्रशासन के संपर्क में हूं…मैं आप सब से अपील करता हूं कि अफवाहों से बचें… https://t.co/kgEGszUhAq
— Bhagwant Mann (@BhagwantMann) September 18, 2022
Punjab Higher Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer urged people to avoid forwarding “unsubstantiated news”, considering the sensitive nature of the incident. Hayer also dismissed rumours that a woman student had died by suicide.
“I assure justice to University students, especially girls. The DC Mohali and SSP have been ordered to conduct a thorough enquiry into the entire incident. Guilty would not be spared,” tweeted the minister.
1/2 It is really saddening to know about the unfortunate incident at Chandigarh University. Since this matter is very sensitive, it is my request not to forward any unsubstantiated news. There is no news of suicide by any girl student.
— Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer (@meet_hayer) September 18, 2022
Punjab School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains appealed to the protesting students to remain calm, adding that “no one guilty will be spared”.
“It’s a very sensitive matter & relates to dignity of our sisters & daughters. We all including media should be very very cautious,it is also test of ours now as a society,” he posted on Twitter.
I humbly request all the students of Chandigarh University to remain calm, no one guilty will be spared.
It’s a very sensitive matter & relates to dignity of our sisters & daughters.
We all including media should be very very cautious,it is also test of ours now as a society.
— Harjot Singh Bains (@harjotbains) September 18, 2022
Reacting to the incident, the pro-chancellor of university Dr R S Bawa, via a statement, said: “There are rumors that 7 girls have committed suicide whereas the fact is that no girl has attempted any such step. No girl has been admitted to hospital in the incident. There is another rumour which circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMS has been found of different students. This is totally false and baseless. During the preliminary investigation conducted by the University there has been no videos found of any student which are objectionable except a personal video shot by a girl which was shared by herself to her boyfriend.”
Bawa added, “All the rumors of objectionable videos shot of other girl students are totally false and baseless. On the request received by the students Chandigarh University has itself volunteered the further investigation to the Punjab Police Department which has taken one girl into custody and has filed a FIR under IT Act.”