Himachal Pradesh University violence – 25 injured: boys hostel closure ordered

Shimla: A violent student’s clash that took place two days outside the SP’s office and close to city centre The Mall, spread to the Himachal Pradesh university campus yesterday night where SFI and ABVP outfits clashed again leaving 25 injured including a police officer.

Even the students are writing their annual or semester examinations, the violence has forced the authorities to take harsh measures by asking all boys to clear out of the hostels by tomorrow afternoon and have ordered closure of the boy’s hostels.

Trouble erupted when the two groups assembled outside hostels and started pelting stones at each other.

SP Shimla city Chandrashekar said that police received frantic calls at about 9 p.m. that two students groups were involved in a violent clash on HPU campus.

“Police force was immediately rushed to the spot and a major clash was averted,” he said.

Police guard HPU campus

 

Independent sources maintained that at least 25 students suffered injuries in the clash where as a subordinate police official said that 13 people including an ASI were injured in the violence.

The violence is said to have lasted for about 4 hours and 3 students including Hosyiyar Singh, general secretary of students central association (SCA) are said to have been admitted at IGMC hospital.

Much hostel and other university property has been damaged.

“We have taken 7 students under preventive detention and are on the lookout for another 25 students who were involved in Tuesday night violence,” said Chandrashekar.

With much police guarding the campus, tension prevails and the university authorities after giving a days notice have ordered closure of the boys hostels from tomorrow onwards.

With the university having a history of campus violence, the current law and order breakdown is a fallout of the two students political outfits first having clashed at a city girls college and then again before the DC’s and SP’s office, near the city center on Monday.

Photo: Amit

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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