4 students hurt, vehicles damaged in LPU protest
Phagwara: Four Lovely Professional University (LPU) students were injured after being run over by a car during a protest outside the campus in the wee hours of today. The protest was triggered by the detention of a hosteller by the police in connection with an alleged case of extortion and mobile phone theft.
The students first set the car on fire and then proceeded towards Chaheru police post situated outside the campus and damaged a windowpane of a police vehicle parked there.
The students gheraoed the car driver, Shehanshah Singh, and thrashed him. The police, who came to his rescue, had to fire five shots in the air to disperse the mob. Shehanshah was arrested and booked on the charge of attempt to murder.
An LPU student from Tamil Nadu had reportedly lodged a complaint with the Jalandhar City police that an unidentified person had stolen his iPhone and demanded Rs 35,000 to return it.
ADCP (Jalandhar-2) D Sudarvizhi said, “The complaint was lodged yesterday morning. We kept tracing the caller throughout the day.”
The police tracked down the caller to Jalandhar Cantonment railway station. He turned out to be an LPU student. When he was brought to the hostel to recover the phone, he raised the alarm. Other students came to his rescue in large numbers.
Students today said they saw a hosteller being forcibly bundled in a police vehicle around 11 pm yesterday. “We thought that this could happen with anyone. We were opposing the police action over a trivial matter. The university authorities, including the warden, did not come to his rescue. So, we all came out raising slogans, seeking justice for him and sat on a dharna,” one of the students said, adding the incident of a car running over students instigated them.