Since 2007, the Chandigarh Police has booked 122 students of Panjab University in 38 cases of assault, rioting, assaulting a government official on duty, even molestation and under relevant sections of the Arms Act. Most of these cases, however, fell flat in the court, either because of a compromise between the complainant and the accused, or an inadequate probe.
Most of the students booked in these cases are repeat offenders.
The maximum cases, 11, were registered in 2012, followed by seven cases in 2008 and five cases in 2011. In all the cases of 2012, five cases ended in acquittal, five are under trial and one case in which accused Rahul had passed obscene comments on a student ended with the accused being convicted.
However, all the cases of 2008 ended in acquittal. Out of the five cases of 2011, accused in four cases were acquitted and one is still under trial.
In most of the cases, the accused are student leaders of different organisations. Barinder Singh Dhillon, Vikramjeet Singh Vicky, Amandeep Singh Multani, Hapreet Multani and Rashpal Singh Hakuwal are some of the names which appear time and again in the police records.
Some cases and their fate
In one of the cases registered in 2007 against two students, Saravdeep Singh alias Gypsy and Kulbir Singh Sekhon, both law students who were arrested for allegedly assaulting another student of law on November 15 with swords and baseball sticks, the duo jumped bail and were declared as proclaimed offenders by a local court on December 24, 2013. Gypsy, a resident of Faridkot, was the president of the Student’s Organisation of India, and Kulbir, a resident of Gurdaspur, were arrested a few days after the incident when they came to the department to appear in an exam.
In another case of attempt to murder, rioting, criminal intimidation and under relevant sections of the Arms Act, the police had arrested Gurjit Singh Dhillon, Simranjit Singh Dhillon, Simrandeep Sandhu, Harkamal Multani and Parminder Jaswal in August 25, 2008. The case is under investigation. The accused had attacked a student in a brawl at the UIET.
A case on the complaint of Jagdeep Singh, a student of Department of Mathematics, was registered in November 2009 when the complainant was attacked by his seniors, Gurinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh. Both were booked, but the case was cancelled by the police in March 2011. The case was cancelled after the complainant did not wish to take any action against the accused. Another case which was cancelled was against Jatin Sunder and Jastin who were accused of setting a vehicle on fire in May last year.
The case in which the maximum number of accused were booked, 16, in November 2010 is under trial. The accused included Sukhjit Singh Brar, Resham Singh, Ravinder, Gurjit Singh, Gurvinder Aulakh, Vikramjit Singh, Udayvir Singh Wirring, Simranjit Singh Dhillon, Gurbir Singh Dhillon, Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, Ranjodh Singh, Jagpreet Singh, Manish Kumar and Mandeep Singh. The accused were booked after two factions of PUSU clashed on the campus. They had assaulted each other using batons and swords.
When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Police (City) Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said that in almost all the cases in which the accused were acquitted, the complainants and accused had entered into a compromise. Because of this, the police had not appealed in any case.
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