4 injured in Himachal Pradesh Campus violence

Shimla: Violence erupted at Himachal Pradesh University campus as a group of students belonging to Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (AVBP) were attacked in the night by Students Federation of India (SFI), who are a rival group on the campus.

Four students, Rocky, Kushal Singh, Sumith Kumar and Rajesh Kumar who were staying in one of the hostels have been injured in the violence, said Mathura Dass, police officer investigating the case.

The clash took place at about 2 a.m. when the AVBP activists, who were not hostel residents but were staying without any authorization, were attacked with sticks, rods and stones by the rival group.

Cases from both sides had been registered but the police was on the lookout for arresting about 20 students who had barged into the hostel rooms and beat up those staying there.

Cases under section 451, 147, 148, 149 and 504 of CrPC and 323 of IPC have been registered, said the police officer.

Tension continues to prevail on the campus as AVBP groups tried to force their way into the VC office and extra police has been requisitioned to maintain vigil.

Vice-chancellor SK Gupta said the university has asked for registration of cases against those responsible for attacking students sleeping in the hostel.

At the same time instructions had been issued, he said, that none without a university identity card be allowed in the hostels.

Superintendent police RM Sharma said the fight appeared to have taken place over SFI students having questioned the AVBP group as to why outside students had been allowed to stay in the hostel.

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