The Telegraph
Wednesday , September 26 , 2012
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Scary hostel history disturbs neighbours

Before terrorising Sodhi Tola residents for protesting against eve-teasing, Patna University hostels’ inmates resorted to several misdeeds. The Telegraph charts a few:

Threat call

Place: Patna College, Ashok Rajpath

When: July 19, 2012

What: A Jackson Hostel student threatened to kill principal Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh demanding change in hostel allocation norm

Status: FIR lodged, investigation on

Ashok Rajpath houses notorious hostels. Boarders often come to blows with each other. They even ransack shops when asked for money. The cops just watch

Nasir Khan, student, Ramna Road

Goons & guns

Place: BN College, Ashok Rajpath

When: June 24, 2012

What: Boarders of one of the hostels of the college fired gunshots near residence of hostel superintendent D.N. Sinha on hostel premises

Status: FIR lodged, no arrests

The boarders are rowdy and under no one’s control

Mohammad Tamanna, businessmen, Ashok Rajpath

Fight masters

Place: Saidpur Hostel, Rajendra Nagar

When: December 27, 2011

What: Dilip Kumar, an MA first-year student of ancient history and archaeology, found dead at an abandoned hostel kitchen. He was staying illegally in the hostel

Status: Three persons, including a CRPF jawan, arrested. A girl and her grandfather, living in one of the hostel rooms illegally, also arrested

In February, the students fought with the shopkeepers over puja subscription

Murli Lal, trader, Ashok Rajpath

Free will

Place: Patna College, Ashok Rajpath

When: December 12, 2011

What: BJP MLA Arun Kumar Sinha’s son Ashish Kumar thrashed at Patna College grounds by Iqbal and Jackson hostels’ boarders over a cricket match

Status: Nine students suspended. On February 3, suspension was revoked

Boarders move around in the market in groups and do anything they like. Eve-teasing is common here

Mohammad ziaul, trader, Ramna Road

Helpless cops

We have planned to initiate talks with the authorities of different hostels. We will also speak to the students’ organisations because they are in direct touch with the boarders. We would try to facilitate a cordial relation between boarders and the residents

Amrit Raj, senior superintendent of police, Patna