Himachal Pradesh High Court on Saturday asked whether persons,who are not students of the Himachal Pradesh University (HPU),were actually staying in its hostels. It also sought to know whether action has been taken against such persons.
The court while hearing a petition filed by one Lallan Rai against the HPU order closing all the boys hostels for an indefinite period,also directed the Inspector General of Police,Shimla,submit a report on the law and order situation on the campus.
In the past one week,the university has witnessed violent clashes between rival student organisations that left several injured. Some students were also arrested by the police.
Expressing concern over the situation,a division bench of Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice D C Chaudhary directed the IGP to probe into the allegation of non-students staying in the hostels. It also directed the vice-chancellor and registrar of the university to file an affidavit within three days stating what action was taken against wardens if non-students were found staying in the hostels.
Lallan rain in his petition has stated final examinations are going on and closing the boys hostels has created problems for the students who have been forced to sleep in the open outside the university campus. The petitioner has sought directions to the university to allow the students to stay in the hostels.
While passing the order,the court directed the petitioner,Shimla IGP,SP and deputy commissioner,HPU registrar,deans and wardens to be present in the court on June 20,the next date of hearing.