Shimla: Vice-chancellor designate ADN Bajpai would have to hit the ground running as violence erupted on Himachal University campus on Sunday that has left five students nursing injuries.
The new VC administrative skills would be put to test right away as tension prevails on the campus and heavy police is deployed to prevent further violence.
Trouble started on Sunday morning when there was an argument between two students belonging to different outfits over putting up posters on the campus.
Communist backed Students Federation of India (SFI) and congress supported National Students Union of India (NSUI) students were out in trying to canvass university aspirants to join their organization as entrance examinations to law school and admissions to other departments got underway.
City police chief Sonal Agnihotri said that police was called in and the matter was sorted out.
However, it was in the afternoon at 3 p.m. that the two outfits ganged up and started pelting each other with stones outside a hostel complex and physical violence broke out. Four student of NSUI and one from SFI sustained injures, said the police officer.
The injured were treated at IGMC hospital. An FIR by Yedupati Thakur, NSUI president who was injured in the clash and another one by Anil of SFI involving sections 147, 149, 341 and 323 IPC have been registered at Boieulganj police station.
Tension prevailed on the campus through the day on Monday as both NSUI and SFI staged rallies at the same spot and at the same time.
The show of strength was contained by police forming a human chain to prevent the two outfits from clashing, said Agnihotri.
The rallyâ€™s have been held in defiance of High Court orders, which has decreed that no rally would be allowed within 200 meters of the campus.
Placing the records of students found involved in violence earlier also and defying prohibitory orders are ground for moving contempt of court proceedings against the those involved in the campus violence as well as holding of a rally, which the police was considering, said Agnihotri.
Due to the tense environment, the university administration has cancelled the annual prize distribution function slated to be held on Tuesday.
It was only on Friday that Governor Urmila Singh announced appointment of ADN Bajpai, a professor of economics at Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur (MP) as the new Vice-chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University.
Bajpai, who is yet to join up, replaces SK Gupta at HPU whose tenure stood completed on 9th April.
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