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?Book thieves? on the prowl in HBTI

STUDENTS OF Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) are upset over the increasing thefts in the hostel and on the campus. The teachers of the institute are unable to check the menace for want of definite information.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 00:19 IST

STUDENTS OF Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) are upset over the increasing thefts in the hostel and on the campus. The teachers of the institute are unable to check the menace for want of definite information.

According to the students living in hostels, thieves  have made valuable text books their  target. During the past 10 days, good books were stolen from various hostel rooms in a mysterious manner. In  a few incidents, clothes and debit cards were also stolen.

According to hostellers, the thefts take place every year during the  final semesters and the senior students have to part with costly books and subject notes. Recently, a boy was identified and some of the stolen stuff was also recovered from his possession.  However, though each student is aware of the theft, yet no one takes care of their belongings. Often the students go to their neighbour’s room  without locking their own room. This helps the ‘book thieves’ to accomplish their task.

During examinations, many students lost their books, bags and other study material which was kept outside the  examination hall. The institute has also been made examination centre for the students of Maharana Pratap Engineering Institute and the examinees of this institute also complained of theft of their bags and costly books kept outside the examination hall.

According to the examinees, had the institute  introduced card system, the thefts could have been checked. Since there is no peon on duty outside the room where they are supposed to keep their books and other material, their belongings are exposed to thieves.

The aggrieved students have made complaints to the senior teachers, but no effective measures have been taken to check the menace. Some of the senior teachers are of the view that students should not bring books and other valuable materials to the examination hall to avoid loss.