Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh University yet again became a battleground as ABVP and SFI activists indulged in free-for-all stone pelting at each other with several of them getting injured. Violence in the campus is nothing new, but once again the university authorities and police put the state to shame by giving an impression that they are not free from the influence of their political bosses, be it the student leaders.
It is astonishing that when the police had admitted that a scuffle took place between two organizations, students owing allegiance to only one organization, i.e the SFI, were arrested, the others allowed to move scoot free. The situation is no different than few months back when even some ministers had visited AVBP activists in hospital, injured during a clash.
So while, SFI leaders have been charged under various non-bailable sections of the IPC including Section 307 i.e. attempt to murder, not even a single arrest has been made from the ABVP camp. There can of course be exceptions, but at HPU it is almost a rule that whenever there is violence in the campus, students associated with the ruling party, be it BJP or the Congress, will emerge harmless.
This was proven beyond doubt when one police officer, the then incumbent station house officer of Boileauganj police station, had raided the hostels and had recovered huge cache of arms including swords and khukris allegedly from rooms occupied by ABVP activists. Instead of being rewarded, he was transferred.
It appears that the government and the university authorities are either not at all serious about running the state’s premier educational institute or just want to keep it alive in a crippled state to meet their own political ends. The university’s efforts to jettison Wilson committee recommendations indicate just this. For the time being, political stakes appear to be too high to talk about running of the university in an academic atmosphere and therefore there’s little hope that Summerhill would not hear gun shots again.