Police arrest 57 for Himachal Pradesh University violence
Shimla: Police have taken 57 students under preventive detention which include 7 girls as tension continues to vitiate peace at Himachal Pradesh University with one student having sustained a fracture in a late evening clash on Wednesday that had to be operated upon.
To contain the clashes taking place between groups of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Students Federation of India (SFI) students’ police is searching hostels to ensure that no unauthorized persons were staying there illegally.
Superintendent police RM Sharma said that 42 students belonging to SFI, which include 7 girls and 15 from AVBP had been taken into preventive detention and would be produced before an executive magistrate on Friday.
In the morning a section of students manhandled a professor. Vice-chancellor SK Gupta said, “a case in the matter has been registered and we are indentifying the students involved for initiating their expulsion from the university.”
After the two groups clashed in the hostels at 2.30 a.m on Wednesday, despite the presence of heavy police blows were again exchanged in the university library on Wednesday evening in which 5 students were injured.
“Chunni Dhalta, one of injured students admitted in the hospital, has a fractured arm and it was operated upon today,” said a spokesman of IGMC hospital.
The vice-chancellor said that the university was moving a contempt of court against students holding processions on the campus despite a court order having banned such activities within 200 meters of campus.
“We also intend to expel all students found to be staying in hostels without any authorization,” he said.
Umesh Dutt, national secretary ABVP held the police and university authority responsible for the attack on the teacher.
“The professor was manhandled in the presence of over 70 policemen and could not be prevented,” he alleged.
On the other hand Garuv Thakur, SFI campus president held that the police was being biased against them by slapping non-bailable charges against their group and letting AVBP off easy.
Each year as university elections approach, the HPU campus witnesses violent clashes among groups belonging to different political outfits that has not enabled the institution to emerge as a centre of excellence, despite having been established four decades ago.