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Ex-VC quits Pbi varsity Syndicate
Lalit Mohan
Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 4
The power struggle in Punjabi University, Patiala, is taking its toll. Former vice-chancellor and Syndicate member Bhagat Singh has resigned from the university post.

He submitted his resignation to the Governor who is also the chancellor of the university today, two days before the crucial Syndicate meeting scheduled on October 6.

When contacted on phone, Bhagat Singh confirmed that he has resigned from the Syndicate. He said that he could not continue in the present scenario.

“At this age I cannot endure the pressure being exerted on me by both the groups (The VC and government),” he said.

Sources here say that both the VC- and government-supported groups were pressurising Bhagat Singh to lobby their respective stands at the forthcoming Syndicate meeting. Bhagat Singh had stayed away from the last Syndicate meeting too.


Paddy Procurement
FCI yet to start purchase
Traders buy 55 pc of produce
Prabhjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Muktsar, October 4
With the Food Corporation of India (FCI) yet to begin procuring paddy, private purchase of the kharif dominated over the government agencies as the millers or stockists directly purchased over 55 per cent of total arrivals in the food grain market here in the past seven days.

Of the total procurement of 1.92 lakh metric tonnes (MT) from Muktsar, Malout, Gidderbaha and Bariwala grain markets, private purchase remained 1.04 lakh mt, against 88,000 mt procured by the five agencies of the Punjab government.

The FCI is yet to begin procurement in any of these mandis where the procurement officially began on September 26.

In Muktsar 'mandi' alone, the traders purchased 71,380 metric tonnes of the total procurement of 91,047 mt till last evening.

Total procurement in three other mandis of Muktsar district, remained 16,137 mt in Bariwala, 46,698 mt at Malout and 36,843 mt at Gidderbaha.

Main reason of high purchase of the foodgrains by traders, mainly at Muktsar, was the presence of rice shellers in the area.

The market price of paddy in Muktsar remained Rs 735 per quintal today against the minimum support price (MSP) of Rs 675.


Employees stage dharna
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 4
The Bhartiya Khadaya Nigam Karamchari Sangh (BKNKS), the FCI Class IV Employees Union, and the FCI Class IV Karamchari Sangh today staged a dharna in front of the district office of the FCI in support of their demands.

The protesters were addressed by All-India president of the FCI Class IV Employees Union S.S. Chatha, state president of the BKNKS S.P. Sood, district secretary of the FCI Class IV Karamchari Sangh K.K. Kakkar, and district secretary of the BKNKS Malwinder Singh.


Tribune Special
Govt set to amend rural job scheme

Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
With the objective of enhancing its scope, relevance and purpose, the Union Government is all set to make certain significant amendments to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, a flagship project of the UPA government, which has been extended to the entire country. Certain new components will be added to the scheme, it is learnt.

Earlier, the government had earmarked about Rs 13,000 crore under this scheme which was implemented in about 300 districts across the country. But now about Rs 30,000 crore would be required for implementing the scheme in whole of India.

After amending the scheme, its focus will be on creating assets for the nation with the money that will be spent on providing employment for 100 days to rural poor in the countryside. Besides it, the scheme would be modified in such a manner that money spent is used for generating self-employment. It may be mentioned that Maharashtra had launched its own employment guarantee scheme several years before the Union Government came out with it.

The thinking in the government is for how long can the government provide such a heavy amount to fund the scheme to provide employment on temporary basis to rural poor. The better option is to make them self-dependent through the launching of self-employment ventures.

Small and marginal farmers facing bad times will also be covered under the scheme. They can be asked to form self-help groups and motivated to start self-employment generating ventures such as dairy, small orchards, growing of fuel wood and fodder.

Dr J.S. Samra, chief executive officer of the National Rainfed Area Authority, said amendments had already been discussed with the union rural development minister and other authorities concerned at a top-level meeting. There was agreement on effecting amendments. As money for the scheme was routed through the union rural development ministry, its approval was sought to further widen the scheme.

He said the purpose of adding the self-employment component was to make unemployed self-dependent in due course.

Secondly, the thinking in the government was not to utilise the money only for providing employment but also creating national assets with that money.

Providing employment under the scheme does not mean that one should be working at some government project like engaging in earth work to construct a road etc. Poor farmers and other people can be given money for managing their own agricultural fields and milch cattle etc.


150 NRI students’ career in jeopardy
Sanjay Bumbroo
Tribune News Service

Amritsar, October 4
In view of the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to Guru Nanak Dev University to cancel the admissions under the NRI quota in MBA, MCA and various other courses, the future of about 150 students hangs in balance.

Though the Supreme Court in its order passed on July 13 had stated that no Indian student could be admitted in any course under the NRI category and subsequently on July 24, the state government had instructed the technical university to advise the universities of the state not to admit students, GND University had admitted about 150 students in MBA and MCA courses under this category. Some students who could not get admission under the NRI quota filed a case against the university in the high court. Flaunting the rules, the university managed to secure admission to the ward of a senior dean under the NRI quota by making a special reservation for the faculty.

However, conflicting reports are emanating from the university as heads of the departments have reportedly decided to cancel the admission of the students and told them that they have no option but to refund the fee. On the other hand, Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor, has assured the students that he would see that they did not lose their year and allegedly advised the students not to go to the media in this regard.

Repeated attempts to contact the vice-chancellor and registrar failed to solicit any response.

Confused and annoyed over the decision of the university the parents said that precious one year of their wards would be lost as they have no where to go. They said that their children had even forfeited their seats in other educational institutions of the country.

The students affected by the decision of the university have urged the authorities to find a suitable alternative so that they do not lose precious time.

Meanwhile, Gautam Majithia, president of the Punjab Students Union (PSU), said the university should be held liable for the loss of one precious year of the students.


Bittu’s appeal to Mann
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Daljit Singh Bittu, a senior leader of the Akali Dal(Amritsar), yesterday appealed to party chief not to level petty allegations against party leaders.”

In a statement Bittu said Mann should concentrate on problems faced by Sikhs. Circumstances had changed and entry of young blood had given a new turn to Sikh politics in the country. Mann could not become top political leader by downgrading other party colleagues, Bittu added.

The Sikh sangat will decide as to who is a government agent or a traitor, he added.


Panel set up to bring Mann, Bittu closer
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
A committee has started making efforts to bring unity between SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann and its expelled leader Daljit Singh Bittu.

The committee comprising Satnam Singh Behru, president, kisan wing, SAD (A), Gurmail Singh, Sewa Singh, Gurpir Singh and Raghbir Singh, today prayed at Takht Damdama Sahib before starting the process for bringing unity between Mann and Bittu.

Behru said the committee was set up only after it became clear that no senior Akali leader would make any move to bring Mann and Bittu closer for the uplift of the Sikh Panth. 


Website to help fight bullying of Sikh students

New York, October 4
A hate crime against a Sikh schoolboy in New York has led to the start of Khalsakids.org, a website dedicated to helping Sikh students fight bullying in school.

Designed as an interactive resource tool, it features a discussion forum, videos, and downloadable presentations. Parents and teachers can also use the website’s sample lesson plans and games to teach others about the Sikh community.

Sikh Coalition, a New York-based community organisation, started Khalsakids.org in response to an incident earlier this year in which a Sikh boy’s turban was forcibly removed and his hair cut by a schoolmate in New York’s Queens area. The boy has since changed school for safety reasons and a jury has indicted the culprit. After the attack, the Sikh Coalition issued a civil rights report “Hatred in the Hallways” on the problems Sikh children face in school.

The report, based on a survey of New York city Sikhs, revealed that nearly 75 per cent of Sikh boys in the Queens borough, which has concentration of Sikh households, were harassed or intimidated because of their long hair and turban. People call them “Osama bin Laden” or “terrorists”, often threatening or physically harassing them.

Khalsakids.org, the founders say, is a way for Sikh children to feel proud of their identity and to give them the tools to combat bias in schools.

The Sikh Coalition has also been working with the Department of Education over the past few months to make New York city schools safer for Sikhs. On September 25, schools chancellor Joel Klein sent a letter to all school principals in New York city stressing the importance of diversity in schools, and pointing to the hair-cutting incident as a cautionary example. — IANS


Truck Trouble 
Porters agree to talk it out
Our Correspondent

Amritsar, October 4
Prolonged parleys with porters for the smooth movement of trucks carrying goods have achieved intended results, with all parties concerned agreeing to work out an amicable solution.

Commissioner Talkeshwar Singh said a settlement was in the interest of all concerned and expressed his satisfaction that everything would be finalised for the proper implementation of this Indo-Pak historic trade agreement. He said 26 trucks laden with different kinds of goods today entered both countries without any hassle on the fourth day of the launch of the service.

He said 20 trucks laden with fresh vegetables, which included potatoes and tomatoes, along with three truck-loads of meat rolled into the Pakistan territory while six trucks carrying dry fruits from Afghanistan reached the Indian side. He said that the Customs authorities were fully prepared to receive any quantity of goods.

However, the local exporters felt that the government must improve the infrastructure in view of the large influx of orders from their colleagues in Pakistan as the present facilities were not adequate to meet the rush during the coming months. The Customs authorities controlling the checkpost pointed out that they were seized of the matter and would do its utmost to expedite the movement of cargo at any given time.

The police and the district administration were keeping a close watch on the porters and, according to reliable sources, have decided to dissuade the leaders controlling the porters’ union to cooperate as there was a likelihood that the trade quantum would increase manifold in the coming months and their interests would be safeguarded.


Khangura’s father writes to CM
‘Sex racket charges against my son baseless’
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 4
Jagpal Singh Khangura, father of Congress MLA Jassi Khangura, in a letter to the Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, has pointed out that Vigilance Department had falsely accused his son for running a prostitution racket.

“How would you feel if your son was falsely accused of running a prostitution racket?” Jagpal Singh said in the letter.

“I am writing to you as a severely hurt father on account of statements given to the media by your SP Vigilance (Ludhiana), K.S. Sandhu, that my son, Jassi Khangura MLA (Kila Raipur) was involved in immoral activities in Ludhiana,” he added.

“This allegation was presented to the media without any evidence and is based solely on the alleged statements of a detainee being subject, no doubt, to the most severe forms of torture available to your criminally intent vigilance department,” he said.

“As a father you were emotionally distressed when charges were levelled against Sukhbir Badal of financial impropriety. Can you ever begin to imagine your emotional state had the previous government accused your son of the charges currently being levelled at my son?” he further said in the letter.


Bathinda bus stand ‘not to be shifted’
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
District in-charge of the BJP Sarup Chand Singla has said the local bus stand will remain at its existing place.

Terming the news relating to shifting of bus stand as rumours here today, Singla said some anti-social elements had spread the rumour just to create confusion among public.

In fact, the bus stand would be renovated, he said, adding that the Pepsu Roadways Transport Corporation workshop would be shifted so that a new shopping complex and parking lot could be constructed there.

The Save Bus Stand Action Committee has been protesting the alleged shifting of the bus stand.


Running from pillar to post to find kidnapped kin
Chander Parkash
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
Even as the kin of Sukhminder Singh, who was allegedly kidnapped about a month ago from Goniana town of this district, have been running from pillar to post to get him back, the police has failed to arrest Kulwinder Singh Kinda, whose name figures in the complaint moved in Nahianwala police station by Jagga Singh, father of the victim.

Interestingly, police officials nominated Sarbjit Singh as one of the accused in this case despite the fact that Sarbjit Singh died under mysterious circumstances in police custody. A magisterial probe ordered into this case by district magistrate Rahul Tiwari is on.

However, Sukhpal Singh, brother of 35-year-old Sukhminder Singh, claimed that Sarbjit Singh, who was taken in custody by the Nahianwala police station and subsequently died in police custody, was not involved in the kidnapping of his brother.

He said though they had been making efforts to meet senior police functionaries of the district, every time they had to return empty-handed. Now they would meet the DGP at Chandigarh.

The SHO said Sarbjit Singh was the person dubbed as unidentified person in the complaint lodged by Jagga Singh in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his son Sukhminder Singh.


Insurance company penalised 
Told to pay Rs 3.90 lakh 
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 4
The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the New India Assurance Company to pay the sum assured Rs 3.90 lakh agreed under the policy to Raman Sood widow of Krishan Kumar Sood, of Malerkotla.

Forum president M.D. Sharma in his order also directed the company to pay Rs 3,000 on account of mental pain, agony and harassment and Rs 1,000 as litigation expenses to the widow.

Deceased Krishan Kumar Sood had obtained the policy of the New India Assurance Company, got himself and his wife insured under the personal accident policy (family package) for Rs 3 lakh for himself and Rs 1 lakh for his wife and paid a premium of Rs 539. He also got himself insured under the mediclaim policy for Rs 1 lakh.On May 8, 2003 Krishan Kumar Sood was going on his scooter and reached near civil hospital, Malerkotla, a stray dog came in front of his scooter.

He applied brakes due to which the scooter slipped and he fell down . He received multiple injuries, to which he succumbed on July 13, 2003.

Before death Krishan was taken to Malerkotla civil hospital, from where he was shifted to DMC hospital, Ludhiana, where he remained admitted from May 8, 2003 to July 13, 2003, and was discharged on July 13, 2003.

The post-mortem examination of the deceased was not conducted as the family members were in a shock. Widow’s grievance was though the mediclaim of her husband was released but despite her visits to the company’s office at Malerkotla, Rs 3.90 lakh was not released to her. 


2 labourers buried alive

Hoshiarpur, October 4
Two migrant labourers were buried alive when a portion of the Rajiv Gandhi Kandi canal caved in at Chansu Brahmina village, Mahilpur, 24 km from here, this afternoon.

The deceased, identified as Kaleem and Hameed, both from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, were digging earth under a bridge when the lump of mud suddenly fell on them. — OC


Theatre fortnight begins
Tribune News Service

Fatehgarh Sahib, October 4
To celebrate the birth centenary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the National Theatre Arts Society in collaboration with the North-Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala, launched ‘Rang de Basanti-Theatre Fortnight’ in the district.

In a message read before the onset of the theatre fortnight, commissioner, Patiala division, S.K. Ahluwalia said Bhagat Singh was the youth icon who inspired all to work for the nation. Following this, Punjabi musical play ‘Nahi Labhne Lall Guwache - Shaheed-e-Aazam Bhagat Singh’ was presented.


Man alleging encroachment booked
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 4
Ajaib Singh Maini, owner of plot number 410 in Gobind Nagar, Nayagaon alleged on Tuesday that the family of a police official of high rank was trying to usurp his 10-marla-plot in area and getting a wrong case registered against him at the Nayagaon police station.

An SDO with the enforcement wing in Chandigarh, Ajaib Singh claimed to have bought the aforesaid piece of land 17 years ago and also got the foundation for the house laid.

He claimed that on Monday he had got temporary shed erected on his plot. However, at around 8 pm on that day, he received information that someone had demolished the entire structure. “I checked the plot and found that the temporary shed had been demolished. I then approached Nayagaon police with my complaint. But instead of heeding to my request the cops said that I have encroached on someone else's land,” he added.

In his complaint to the Nayagaon SHO he alleged that one Sarup Singh and Surjit Singh Mann have demolished his temporary shed and are trying to take over his piece of land. However, Nayagaon SHO Gurjit Singh said Ajaib Singh had not covered the exact area as mentioned in papers and was instead trying to take over Mann’s land.

“We talked to the area patwari about this and have booked Ajaib Singh under Sections 447 and 511 of the IPC. There are two khasra numbers of land in question. Earlier too both parties had had a dispute but compromise was reached on the pretext that area would be demarcated. Even before the patwari’s report came Maini built a shed," SHO Gurjit Singh said.


Dhuri Train Mishap
Gateman suspended, truck driver booked

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, October 4 
The Railway authorities today suspended gateman Ashok Kumar, posted at the Railway level crossing, for his alleged negligence, due to which one person died and at least four were hurt when an express train hit a truck at Dohla Railway level crossing at Dhuri last evening as at the time of occurrence of the mishap the level crossing was open.

Meanwhile the police has registered a case under Sections 279 and 427 of the IPC against the truck driver, whose truck was hit by the train on the rail track at the Dohla level crossing.


Judicial remand for Sandhu till Oct 18

Ludhiana, October 4
A court here has remanded former additional advocate-general Harpreet Sandhu in judicial custody of up to October 18 in the city centre project scam case.

The Vigilance Bureau arrested Sandhu on September 30 for his alleged involvement in the scam. The court did not accept the Vigilance Bureau’s demand of police remand of the accused. — TNS


Order on Virk bail plea tomorrow
Tribune News Service

Rupnagar, October 4
District and sessions judge Rekha Mittal has reserved order on the bail application of former Punjab DGP Sarabdeep Singh Virk and Congress leader Vijay Pal Dimpy for October 6 (Saturday). The case came up for hearing today and the judge reserved order on it for October 6. 


Case against Khaira: Notice of motion issued for Nov 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
Acting on a petition by Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira for staying the proceedings of and quashing the FIR registered against him in Kapurthala district, Justice Nawab Singh today issued a notice of motion for November 13. A notice regarding stay was also issued.

The petitioner had alleged that the FIR was registered at the behest of Bibi Jagir Kaur. Impleading her along with others as party, the petitioner had claimed that the present FIR was nothing more than pressure tactics on the behalf of DSP Bholath Balbir Singh and Bibi Jagir Kaur, whom he defeated by a huge margin in the February assembly elections.

Giving details of the incident on the basis of which the case was registered, the petitioner said on April 18, 2007, the petitioner, along with his 63 supporters, was taken into custody for creating law and order problem, and were put behind bars.


Court allows Sukhbir to go abroad

Rupnagar, October 4
The court of special judge G. S. Saran today allowed MP Sukhbir Singh Badal to visit Maldives and Dubai from October 17 to October 30.

A case of corruption has been pending before the court following which Sukhbir's counsel had filed application seeking the permission. — TNS


Dera Clash
DGP impleaded as party
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 4
On a petition seeking directions for an independent probe into a clash between Dera Sacha Sauda followers and Sikh community members on September 3 in Mansa district, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today impleaded DGP Punjab as a party.
The petition, filed by Bali Singh against State of Punjab, SSP Mansa, and others, said a case was registered at the Boha police station on September 3 after a clash between Sikhs and Dera followers over the issue of holding of Naam Charcha. The petitioner said several dera followers, including women, were attacked and injured in the incident. 


Innovative Cooperative
Farmers pool money to buy machines
Sanjeev Singh Bariana
Tribune News Service

Rauke Kalan (Moga), October 4
In an impressive innovation towards battling the crises of dwindling shares in agricultural land and skyrocketing costs of the agricultural machinery, as many as 13 farmers of the village have pooled in money to purchase a gallery of expensive infrastructure.

The machinery for tilling, sowing, levelling, drilling and boring is being used not merely by members of the unregistered society, but also by farmers from the neighbouring villages.

The Kisan Club, Rauke Kalan, has in its band as many as three sets of tilling machines (tave and rotabator), each costing approximately Rs 60,000; three machines to dig out non-functional submersible pumps (Rs 15,000 approximately each); two 0-Till machines (helping in paddy plantation), each costing Rs 25,000 approximately; two earth levellers (suhage), Rs 7000 each, and two sowing machines, besides certain other machinery.

The club also arranges for the purchase of seeds and fertilisers. The machinery is not available free of cost even for the members. They pay Rs 200 for the implement per day. The non-members pay Rs 400 for the same. On an hourly basis, the machinery is available at the rate of Rs 20 per hour for a member and the rate is double for a non-member.

The society has engaged the services of Kala Singh, a local shopkeeper, who manages the records of machinery hiring. He is paid at the rate of 7 per cent fee collected for each machinery rent out on service.

The idea for a cooperative matured a little more than two years back.

Hakam Singh, Jaswinder Singh, Gurtej Singh, Avtar Singh, Nacchatar Singh, Bhag Singh, Chamkaur Singh, Surjit Singh, Jugraj Singh, Sikander Singh, Beant Singh, Balwant Singh and Daljit Singh got together and pooled in Rs 15,000 each to purchase the important machinery.

Yugraj Singh, an innovative farmer, said, “The average landholdings in the state are growing smaller and the machinery is very expensive. The implements with a single farmer lie idle for a major part of the year, except the seasons. Friends felt that a pool could be created where they could have the machinery available at a common platform on nominal charges.”

Yugraj said, “Even the members are being charged for the services to have them return the machinery on time and the amount is utilised on the maintenance of the tools.”

Bhag Singh said, “We also have a cooperative (also unregistered) for the dairy products. This has checked the exploitation of the common folk by the milk vendors. We have approximately 300 members, all from our village. The milk is supplied to the Verka plant in Ludhiana.”

Surjit Singh, another member, said, “The average holding of all members is six acres. This does not allow an individual to possess all the expensive machinery. The common pool has come in as a big advantage not just to the members but also the farmers around.”

Next on their agenda is purchasing tractors, harvester and other machines.


Woman commits suicide, 2 booked
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, October 4
Harmit Kaur of Burj Mehma village of this district today committed suicide after she could not tolerate the insult hurled on her by two residents of the same village a few days ago.

Harmit, mother of three, consumed poison when she, along with her husband, and other members of the family were in the house. Though she was taken to a local private hospital, she died within a few hours.

A case in this connection has been registered against Balwinder Singh and Vikki.

Boota Singh, SHO, Nahianwala police station, said Balwinder and Vikki had chased Harmit while she was going to her fields a few days ago. He added that Harmit rebuked them, forcing both to flee.

She also went to the house of Balwinder to lodge a complaint with his family in this regard. She also talked to her husband Sukhminder Singh about this. But her husband told her not to make this an issue as it would bring more insult to the family. Unable to bear it anymore she took the extreme step.


65-year-old killed by nephew
Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, October 4
A 65-year-old resident of Karal village was allegedly run over by a tractor driven by his nephew following a heated argument here last night. The victim Kartar Singh succumbed to his injuries at the district hospital here.

The two families had a scuffle over a land dispute, the police said. The incident occurred when the families members of the diseased Kartar Singh and his brother Baryam Singh had a fight last night. 

The family members of Baryam Singh including his two sons -Madan Singh and Sushil Kumar - allegedly abused Kartar Singh’s wife to which her son Chhaja Singh objected. An irate Madan Singh allegedly started his tractor and run over his uncle Kartar Singh leaving him critically injured.

The SP (D), B.S Khaira, said a case under sections 304 and 323 of the IPC has been registered against Baryam Singh and his sons Madan Singh and Sushil Kumar. The vehicles have also been impounded. 

Baryam Singh has been arrested while his sons were absconding, added the police.


Jobless teachers cane-charged, 43 held

Gurdaspur October 4
Unemployed teachers, including women,from different unions demandng release of fellow unemployed teachers arrested by the Hoshiarpur police for bid to disturb the Punjab Chief Minister's function at Talwara on Tuesday, faced police brutality here this afternoon.

To stop their protest the police cane-charged the protesting jobless teachers leaving them injured.

The protesters had blocked the Jalandhar-Jammu highway demanding the release of their 15 members from the Hoshiarpur jail unconditionally. The protesting unemployed teachers blocked the highway for over two hours leading to major traffic jam.

The police arrested 43 protesters, including 11 girls, under various sections of the IPC were registered against them.

The police also manhandled Dhian Chand, a cameraman f of a TV channel from Amritsar, besides damaging his video-camera. He alleged DSP Naresh Dogra snatched his camera and destroyed the film. The DSP refused to talk to The Tribune. — TNS


Rayat students go on strike, compromise reached
Tribune News Service

Kharar, October 4
Students of Rayat and Bahra Institute went on strike against the management in the morning today. The strike followed an incident of some outsiders allegedly beating up students of the institute.

According to sources the incident took place on Wednesday when some outsiders had come to drop a girl student at the girls' hostel. Gaurav Kumar and Vikramjeet Singh Atwal, students of LL.B-II and III respectively, had a tiff with the outside individuals following which they were allegedly beaten up.

The college management fined the Gaurav and Vikramjeet Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 in the morning today for misconduct on campus.

Later, students of all six colleges of the institute including college of law, pharmacy, MBA, education, engineering and hotel management went on strike against this move of the management.

However, later in the evening, the college management had a round of talks with students and reached a compromise. The manager (administration) of the institute, D.S. Bains said both Gaurav and Vikramjeet were habitual offenders and had been creating trouble in past too. He added that Gaurav was only barred from entering the hostel and not the college.


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