Rights body cries foul over restriction of walkers in Punjab Agricultural University | Ludhiana News

LUDHIANA: The Justice for Common People Welfare Society near Lions Club of Civil Lines area has complained to Punjab Agricultural University vice-chancellor S S Gosal about restriction on entry of morning walkers without pass. The society head has written to Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Singh Mann and deputy commissioner Surabhi Malik about this.
The society claimed that this was an aillegal move and a sheer violation of fundamental rights. President, Justice for Common People Welfare Society Sumeet Mangla said, “The staff of PAU is restricting entry of morning walkers and area residents without pass. To issue a walker pass, PAU is charging Rs 2,550 including 18% GST through cash. This is illegal and a violation of fundamental rights under Article 19 (1)(d) Constitution of India to move freely throughout the territory of India.”
A stock broker by profession, Mangla, resident of Kitchlu Nagar added, “The university has been charging the amount for the last many years. This should be stopped immediately as it is exploitation of morning walkers.”
A resident of Udham Singh Nagar said, “Morning walk is as essential as swimming for fish and flight for a bird. This practice should be discontinued.”
Mangla said he would move high court to protect the rights of citizens.VC S S Gosal said, “People are making a thoroughfare from gate no 1 and gate no 2. This is for the safety and security of university residents. We have witnessed a few accidents and two deaths in the last two years. We will soon install a boom barrier. People with passes are welcome so that we get a record of who enters the premises. In fact, we will provide water service to them.”

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