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Illegal hostel inmates stay on

Boarders of Patna University hostels are yet to vacate their rooms even as the three-day deadline ended on Tuesday.

A senior university official said the authorities would approach police to evict the illegal boarders, as most of them “are patronised by one political party or another”.

According to sources, the biggest headache for the university and the district administration is to vacate Saidpur, Ranighat and Hathwa hostels — meant for postgraduate students of Patna University — where most of the boarders stay illegally.

K.N. Paswan, dean (students’ welfare), Patna University, said: “As the Saidpur hostel is in dilapidated conditions, boarders mainly stay at hostel Nos. 9, 6 and 1, but most of occupants living at these hostels are illegal ones. In hostel Nos. 9 and 6, there are no legal boarders as no rooms have been allotted, while at hostel No. 1 only three boarders have been allotted rooms of 98 seats.”

On Sunday, the university administration along with local police visited Saidpur hostels for evicting illegal occupants but due to stiff resistance from boarders, the authorities had to return.

Paswan said: “As the Tuesday deadline ended, the university administration would again approach the police for getting evicted illegal boarders.”

City deputy superintendent of police Rajesh Kumar said all three hostels would be vacated soon based on the Patna University letter. However, he refused to give any deadline when the hostels would be vacated.

The Saidpur hostels, which came up in the 1980s, have become a haven for criminal activities. During 1990s, the criminal activities from hostels increased as many criminals from the Magadh region used to take shelter in the hostels.

Paswan said: “Most of the illegal occupants living at Hathwa and Rani Ghat hostels are former students.” In Ranighat, which has a total capacity of 52 boarders, only 18 are living legally. Similarly, at Hathwa hostel, only 20 boarders are living legally against 60 sanctioned strength.

Saidpur hostel was in the news in December 2011 when the police recovered the body of Dilip Kumar, a postgraduate student, from an abandoned cafeteria on the hostel premises.

There have been several occasions when boarders of Saidpur hostel clashed with local people. Ranvijay Tiwary, a resident of Saidpur, said: “On several occasions, clashes erupted over even trivial issues.”

Not only Saidpur, once considered as elite hostel of Patna University, other hostels have now become a den of illegal occupants. Elite hostels like Rani Ghat, Hathwa, which had a glorious past of producing many IAS and IPS officers, are now occupied by illegal boarders.

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