HC glare on hostel hooligans

The Minto hostel

Patna: Patna High Court on Tuesday summoned the in-charges of Saidpur, Minto and Iqbal hostels in connection with the district administration finding bombs in the hostels.

Earlier, the court had passed strict structures against Patna University (PU) authorities in relation to the case of bombs being found from the Saidpur hostel in 2016.

Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ashutosh Kumar are hearing the case.

The court had asked the PU officials how illegal boarders get entry into the hostel. The bench had also directed the PU authorities to let it know what are the criteria for allotting hostels to students and sought a list of students who have been allotted hostel rooms to verify whether they are genuine or not.

The court wanted to know if anti-social elements were not living in the hostels.

In its earlier hearing, the court had directed the PU authorities to file an affidavit in the case related to recovery of bombs from Saidpur hostel.

The court had taken the cognisance of the matter after social activist Vikash Chandra alias Guddu Baba, while hearing of another case related to encroachment in PU, showed the copy a Hindi daily with news regarding recovery of bombs from Saidpur Hostel. The state government was then directed to reply on the bomb recovery.

Patna police had recovered five live bombs and explosive materials from Saidpur Hostel during a raid on July 31, 2016. Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj had then claimed that the explosives were stored allegedly for carrying out some sort of campus violence. Four students were also arrested.

On September 22, 2016 the bench headed by the then chief justice I.A. Ansari had observed: "Why not all the hostels of the PU should be shut down. The court will not allow putting the lives in danger of those living nearby hostels."

PU counsel Vivekanand Prasad Singh had told the court that the wardens and the hostel superintendents are reluctant to take action against the erring students as they live with their families on the hostel premises and that in absence of adequate security they fail to take any such action.

Saidpur hostel was made encroachment-free on September 26, 2015 on the directive of the high court. It had taken the district administration and Patna University more than eight years to evict the illegal occupants from the Saidpur campus. However, few days after the encroachers were evicted, they again came back to the hostel. Saidpur and other PU hostels have gained notoriety over the years for nurturing hooligans and becoming a virtual den of anti-social elements.


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