Desire to make easy and quick money is apparently forcing college students to commit riskier and more daring crimes as it is evident from the fact that the crime branch of Bhopal police nabbed four students in the past week who are accused of committing various crimes ranging from trying to sell a pistol to smuggle a red sand boa (a species of snake) having an international market value of Rs 2 crore.
“Some of the college students are venturing into more bigger and riskier crimes in greed of more easy and quick money. Most of them believe that they will not get a proper job after completing their studies so they enter the crime world. They also believe that the police won’t be able to nab them as many celebrities in the country have also escaped the arrest or jail term,” said additional superintendent of police (crime) Shailendra Singh Chauhan while speaking to HT on the issue on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the crime branch police arrested a 23-year-old B Com student identified as Abhishek Pandey, accused of trying to sell a .32 bore pistol along with three live rounds. During interrogation he confessed that he had bought the pistol from a 23-year-old man working as a plumber in the locality. He also informed police that he was trying to resell it to earn easy money. Police are interrogating him for his possible involvement in similar incidents.
On August 21, police arrested four men, aged between 21-25, from city’s Chuna Bhatti locality, who were accused of looting `3.9 lakh from a collection agent of a private firm and a failed broad daylight robbery attempt in Raisen district. During the interrogation, police found that the leader of the gang and mastermind of the two incidents was one of the four accused identified as Shailendra Singh Yadav, a 25-year-old student of engineering in Bhopal. Yadav was earlier booked for two-wheeler theft and during interrogation he told police that he decided to plan loot and robbery for more quick money.
In another incident on the same day, police arrested two men aged 22 and 23, both students of engineering, for trying to sell a red sand boa snake having an international market value of `2 crore and an Indian market value of `10 lakh. Both the accused were students of a city-based engineering college.
Chauhan also told HT that the colleges in the city have to play a vital role from diverting the students from crime world. “Earlier also police have arrested many college-going students who were indulged in crimes such as two-wheeler theft and chain snatching, but now they are daring to commit more dangerous crimes because some of the colleges are not focusing on their students and their academic activities. They should engage the students more into academic activities which would help prevent the students from committing crimes,” he said.
“Apart from this, the system should also be made stronger so as to prevent any accused from getting escaped from the clutches of law, irrespective of their stature in the society. It will send a clear message to students and will force them to think twice before thinking of committing a crime,” added Chauhan.