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Cops gets tough on college crime

india Updated: Feb 18, 2010 23:27 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The Ghaziabad police has asked private medical, engineering and management colleges in the district to provide a list of students involved in eve-teasing, rioting, street-fights and carrying illegal-arms.

Students known to spend more than their economic status will also be under the scanner. The move, the police say, is to discourage students from entering into criminal activities.

A strict watch would be kept on such students and strict action would be taken against them if their activities continued unabated, police officials said on Thursday.

“We have finalised this programme with representatives of various colleges to check the growing incidence of students involved in criminal activities,” said Superintendent of Police (SP-City) A.K. Vijeta.

“We would take a step-by-step approach to desist such students from crime and finally would take legal action against them,” Vijeta said.

Ghaziabad has presently over 60 such private colleges that have around 1.25 lakhs students studying from across the National Capital Region or other areas of the country.

The move came after students from such colleges were found to be involved in a a number of such cases.

A local station officer or a circle officer would regularly appraise students and also address their problems.

Surprise raids would be conducted inside the hostels where such activities are continuously reported, the SP said.

“The arrangement is welcome as such activities cannot be checked alone by the institute’s disciplinary committee due to unwanted pressures,” said Dr. Anil Tomar from Sunder Deep Group of Institutions.

The step-by-step approach would involve appraising the parents of the students first and police action later if the activities did not stop.

“Cases of eve-teasing and fights over girl-friends are common. Even cases of ragging go unnoticed. We wish to check all these activities at the earliest,” SP said.

The plan of action was decided at a meeting held with police officials on Thursday and most of the colleges agreed to the move, the police said.