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Hostel inmates accuse warden of assault, embezzlement

None   May 08, 2014
First Published: 15:47 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 16:14 IST(8/5/2014)

Inmates of the Government-run Bhim Rao Ambedkar hostel here have accused hostel warden Hanuman Chaudhary of misappropriation of hostel funds and abusing and beating up hostellers.

The hostel run by the social welfare and justice department of the government is intended to provide hostel facilities to poor students from scheduled caste and scheduled tribe families staying away from their homes for studies.

District social welfare officer Pawan Punia said he will look into the matter. "The state of affairs at Nawan hostel has been brought to my notice. We will inquire into the matter," said Punia.

The students alleged that they are provided substandard food and never get food as per the menu prescribed by the government. "Even animals won't eat the kind of chapattis and vegetables given to us," alleged Namichnad Verma, a hostel inmate. Ganesh Ram, a hostel inmate alleged, "According to the mess menu, we are supposed to get proper breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea and special diet on Sundays, but we have never got that. It is just written on the mess menu board."
Only 14 students' live in this 50-seat hostel, but the warden draws funds for the full strength of the hostel, said Ashok, the hostel peon and guard. The students are never provided free toiletries as per norms, he added. "I tried to complain but nothing happened," he said.

It was alleged that warden Chaudhary never stays in the hostel at night and visits the hostel only twice a month. He comes to the hostel with some of his friends for liquor parties, alleged Ashok Kumar, another hostel inmate. "In fact we fear his coming to the hostel as he hurls abuses at us and beats us if anyone tries to tell him about the problems we are facing," said Kumar.

The SC/ ST students belonging to humble family backgrounds claimed that they have to suffer excesses of the warden as they have no other place to stay away from their homes for studies. "We are forced to suffer as we are poor and no other place to go," said Nemichand Verma. 

People living near the hostel area and principal of Nawan Senior Secondary School also said the state of affairs in the hostel was sad. "Things are not good at the hostel. Students living there have informed me about that," said Rajendra Singh, principal.


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