150 cops, four vans, emergency team to patrol campus
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With a week to go before the student elections at Panjab University, Chandigarh police is gearing up to handle any kind of emergency situation in the campus. The police department had sent a twenty-point directive to the PU Vice-Chancellor, about two months ago, asking the university to ensure that necessary arrangements be made for the upcoming elections. The directions included issuing identity cards to all students, ensuring that all cameras on campus are in working condition and issuing PU stickers of different colour codes to all staff and students.
The university has also been directed that rallies of student parties will have to be approved beforehand by the UT administration. Also, the tents which are put up by different parties during election should be kept at some distance from each other.
About 150 police officials will be on duty in the campus every day, in three shifts of about fifty men each. Also, four police vans and two motorcycles will be patrolling the campus daily. One van will be deployed near UIET, while three will be in the main campus. Sensitive points like main gates, students' centre, UIET, law department, evening studies department and the vice-chancellor's office will be under continuous surveillance.
An emergency team will also be available and sufficient number of female constables have also been deployed in all the shifts. Force from various police stations, police line and CIA staff has also been made available at the campus, till the elections which will be held on September 7. A riot control van and a fire vehicle will also be available at all times for the University.
Gurmukh Singh, SHO of Sector 11, said that a list of misrcreants - who may cause trouble during the polls - have been identified. Students involved in previous clashes and are in police records have been asked to post surety bonds and report to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate on September 4.
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