Student Stabbed During Pu Exam
PU: Police book 4 youths including SOPU president In a shocking incident, a law student of Panjab University was attacked with swords and rods by around eight assailants as he was writing the sixth semester exam in the classroom here today. The assailants jumped the wall of the campus from the backside of the University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS).
Simrandeep Singh Sandhu, who received injuries on the back and stomach, was rushed to a hospital here in a serious condition. The police have booked four persons, including the president of the Student Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU) Harpreet Singh Multani in a case of attempt to murder, rioting, trespassing and causing injuries under Sections 307, 452, 506, 148 and 149 of the IPC.
Sandhu was booked in a case of attempt to murder and rioting on March 28 this year when he, along with four other members, had allegedly attacked Multani and two of his acquaintances. He was out on bail and the other group attacked him to take revenge, the sources said. The incident occurred at around 9.45 am when the exams were being conducted. The assailants, armed with swords and baseball bats, barged into the classroom, pulled out the student and attacked him in the presence of the teacher, chairperson of the law department and 40 other students.
The assailants fled after stabbing the student several times. The chairperson of the law department S K Garewal, who tried to intervene, also received minor injuries on his forehead during the attack. The police have booked eight persons, including Harpreet Singh Multani, Gursewak, Vikramjeet and Jhujar. Other persons who have been booked are yet to be identified, the police said. No arrests were made till the filing of this report.
Sandhu’s father, Harjinder Singh, said he last talked to his son at 9 am and wished him good luck. Appalled at the incident, Singh said it’s the first time in the history of the university that such a violent incident has taken place inside a classroom. He said they had informed the police that they feared such violence and condemned the lackadaisical security measures at the university. “If in the presence of so many people my son was attacked and the assailants managed to escape right under the nose of the police and the security people, where should we go?” he said.
Sandhu is a member of Panjab University Student Union (PUSU). He was earlier a member of SOPU and changed his party some time back. Old rivalry between the two groups is the main reason for the violence, the police said. Police have arrested four accused Gursewak Singh, Jujhar Singh Garewal, Bikramjeet alias Babloo and Harpreet Singh Multani.
“The policemen deployed in the campus were taking rounds of the nearby law department at the time of the incident. We had taken adequate security measures but never thought the attack could have taken place once the exam began,” Ramesh Chander, SHO, Sector 11 police station, said.