Police would raid hostels of Patna University frequently till the students’ union elections get over on December 11, said senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj on Monday.
The decision was taken after the police recovered bamboo sticks and gunpowder from hostel rooms while conducting a surprise check on Sunday. Five police teams raided Jackson, Minto, Saidpur and other hostels around 6am. The search, conducted after some hostel boarders created a ruckus on Patna College campus on Saturday, continued till 12noon.
The boarders were protesting against the implementation of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations on the varsity elections.
Raj said security measures had been initiated to ensure peaceful students’ union polls. “Policemen have been deployed at the colleges and the university. A police team has been deputed at Patna College. Local police stations have been asked to patrol the institutions.”
He added: “We want to ensure that there is no violence during the elections. The exact number of policemen to be deployed would be decided tomorrow (Tuesday).”
The SSP said raids at the hostels would also continue.
Sources said the hostels — where many boarders were not students — had become dens of criminals, who might create trouble during the elections. “Many boarders are illegally occupying rooms in the hostels. They often create problems on the campus. The university elections might be an ideal time for them to create trouble,” a policeman, preferring anonymity, told The Telegraph.
He added: “The illegal boarders need to be flushed out but the policemen cannot do that without the help of the university administration.”
On Monday, many students affiliated to NCP, JD(U) and RJD staged protests on the PU campus against rejection of some of their candidates. They were demanding that the list of candidates, after scrutiny, be published soon. The policemen posted on the campus pacified the protesters.