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Tech cradle turns fortress after ruckus

Muzaffarpur, Jan. 22: Security has been beefed up in and around Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT), following a raid by residents of Daudkothi, an upscale colony in the city, on the campus last night.

Around 7.30pm, hundreds of residents, led by lawyer Rajkamal, went on the rampage on the MIT premises in protest against alleged eve-teasing by engineering students.

The protesters claimed some MIT students had teased a girl of their locality on Saturday evening. Armed with rods and sticks, the residents uprooted all the four gates of MIT and pelted stones at the hostel building and teachers’ quarters.

Students locked themsel-ves up in rooms and toilets of the hostel. Girl students, however, were spared by the mob, which smashed the doors and windowpanes of the hostel.

Teachers were warned of dire consequences if they failed to “clip the wings” of the “ill-behaved” students. Deputy superintendent of police (city) Baccha Singh, along with station house officer (SHO) of Barhampura police station Sunil Kumar, reached the campus with heavy reinforcement and dragged the protesters out.

The anger among the residents can be gauged from the fact that they slapped the caretakers of MIT — Mukesh, Yadavlal Sah, Jagdish and Sanjay Kumar — in the presence of the cops.

After last night’s incident, police teams are camping on MIT campus to ensure peace and protection. Students, however, have abandoned the hostel apprehending backlash by the residents.

SHO Sunil Kumar said Rajkamal has lodged a named FIR against the principal of MIT, Dhuruv Prasad, and unidentified group of engineering students. Rajkamal alleged that the students raided his house in Daudkothi and attacked his family members on Saturday evening. The family had protested against students teasing a girl of the locality.

Principal Dhuruv Prasad has also lodged an FIR with the Barhampura police station against Rajkamal and unidentified residents in connection with the ruckus on the college campus. Talking to The Telegraph, Prasad said the protesters caused a lot of damage to college property.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Muzaffarpur, Rajesh Kumar said the situation on MIT campus is still volatile.

“Security has been stepped up on the MIT campus to check violence and keep an eye on the troublemakers,” the SSP said, adding that residents are complaining of being tormented by MIT students time and again. The police have decided to re-open the cases related to clashes between MIT students and residents.

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