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Security beef-up on university campus

The Patna University administration on Wednesday got police officers to man the campus and keep tabs on its students a day after Iqbal Hostel boarders held vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri, among other officials, captive on the premises.

On Tuesday evening, agitated over the arrest of four students in connection with an assault on dean (students’ welfare) K.N. Paswan, many students staged a demonstration on the campus. They locked the main gate, effectively confining Simahadri and other senior officials, including registrar Balram Tiwari, to their chambers.

A day later, the university administration swung into action, strengthening security on the main administrative campus.

At least eight police officers have been deployed on the campus to keep tabs on students and outsiders entering the premises. The university has decided to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, too, in various locations.

Registrar Balram Tiwari said: “The university administration has decided to install 16 CCTVs in various locations. These would monitor activities of students as well as those who stage protests on the campus and indulge in anti-academic activities.”

In 2006, the administration had installed CCTVs cameras on campus, but majority of them are dysfunctional.

The Patna College administration is also planning to raid the Iqbal Hostel in a few days to identify boarders who assaulted Paswan, the dean of students’ welfare. Paswan, who holds the additional charge of the university proctor, said: “The college administration, after identifying the assaulters from the admission register, will carry out raids at the Iqbal Hostel.”

The police and the university administration, on Tuesday, had conducted raids at Iqbal and Nadvi hostels. The team caught four persons who were later found to be visitors at Nadvi Hostel and not Iqbal Hostel boarders.

Paswan said: “The final decision on their release will have to be taken by the police.”

Sources said if the college administration identifies the students involved in the assault on Paswan and holding the senior officials captive, they could be suspended or even expelled from the institution.

The teachers’ community condemned the incidents. Patna University Teachers’ Association president P.K. Poddar said: “We have demanded the college administration to identify and arrest the boarders involved in the incident soon. Otherwise, we would stage a protest.”

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