| Police officers deployed on Patna College campus to check eve-teasing. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Patna, Dec. 10: Eve-teasers and troublemakers on Patna College campus beware! The cops are waiting for you.
With a spurt in cases of eve-teasing and college students clashing with outsiders, police have decided to take up the administrative job themselves.
“With growing incidents of eve-teasing and clashes on and outside the college campus, the college authorities have requested police personnel to be deployed on the campus to prevent such incidents,” deputy superintendent of police (town) Sheela Irani told The Telegraph.
“As the college is situated on busy Ashok Rajpath, the campus is a safe haven for trouble mongers, who hang around with the outsiders who visit the college,” added Irani.
The officers deployed on the campus are not just responsible for maintaining law and order but they are also checking the ID-cards of the students.
If a student is found without an ID-card, he is not allowed to enter the college. The identity of the person is verified and if it is found that he is not a student, he is taken to the police station.
Around 10 policemen from Pirbhore police station are camping at Patna College from 9am to 5pm everyday.
A source said the police had been posted after students lodged at Iqbal Hostel exchanged blows with boarders of Minto and Jackson Hostels last week.
Patna College principal Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh made it compulsory for students to carry their ID-cards to the campus.
“We are going to be very strict on this,” Singh told The Telegraph.
Students have welcomed this move, which they feel will benefit them in the long run.
History student Vinit Vijay said: “The principal announced that all students must carry their ID-cards when they come to college. If anyone comes without his or her ID-card, they would not be allowed to attend classes.”
To begin with it will be a problem for some students but it is for our benefit added Vijay. It will help the students to be more organised and disciplined.
But not all students agreed: some felt that calling the police on campus was undemocratic.
“Untoward incidents such as eve-teasing and clashes need to be checked. But calling the police on campus to do check the ID-cards of students is undemocratic. This should be done by the college authorities and the college security,” said Tanveer, a student of Patna University, who is also a student leader.
Over the past few days, there have been a number of cases of eve teasing on the Patna College campus.
A fortnight ago, students of Vanijya Mahavidyalaya clashed with students of Patna College after an alleged incident of eve-teasing. A source said troubles began when students objected to a youth taking photographs of a girl students. A week ago students lodged at Minto Hostel clashed with students of Nadvi Hostel on the Patna College campus over sitting arrangement in the class.
“We are here to check persons who cause such nuisance,” said Irani.