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Tuesday’s incident of gunshots being fired in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology department has once again brought the security system at the Panjab University under scanner.

Written by JYOTSNA JALALI | Chandigarh |
August 26, 2009 3:43:32 am

Tuesday’s incident of gunshots being fired in the University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) department has once again brought the security system at the Panjab University under scanner.

The authorities’ tall claims about better security on campus fell flat after a university student Tejpal Singh Cheema allegedly opened fire at SOPU members,and a third-year student of UIET was injured with a steel chair.

Security officials managed to reach the spot only after Cheema and the unidentified person who attacked UIET student Parveen Kumar escaped in an Innova car.

Eyewitnesses said the fight lasted for about 10 minutes,but the security officials deployed at UIET failed to even close the gates.

It was only after Parveen was rushed to the hospital that the police and security officials reached the spot.

Talking to Newsline,an eyewitness said,“I was in the department and heard some noise. When I came out I saw an Innova car speeding away towards the gate.”

Another student added,“I was in the canteen when an unknown person hit Parveen on the head with a steel chair. We rushed out after him,but he managed to escape. I heard gunshot-like sounds. The security officials and the police reached much later.”

Prof Rakesh Dutta,Chief Security Officer at PU,said he would look into the matter.

Dean Students Welfare Prof Naval Kishore said,“The university has decided to be very strict. Those named in the police FIR will be immediately suspended from both the hostel and the department. And they will be expelled after their involvement is confirmed.”

“Also,a meeting to review security on the campus was called. Another meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss changes in the security,” he added.

After the incident,the police conducted raids in the hostels which continued till late in the night.

In a raid in boys’ hostel number 4,a SOPU supporter,Cherry Brar,was arrested for illegally staying in the hostel. He was reportedly drunk.

Earlier,the authorities had hired a private security company which was paid Rs 5 lakh per month,but it was asked to leave after it remained ineffective in controlling violence on campus.

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