THE POLICE and Lucknow University administration raided varsity hostels on Thursday following recent incidents of firing between warring groups.
The raid continued for about two hours at a stretch, but it had many loose ends which gave ‘bad elements’ enough time to vanish from their rooms. Finally, the raid ended without any catch. But, it also revealed that the LU baddies have their ears and eyes in the police and varsity administration also. Sources say the students are now in election mode and are keeping arms with them.
The raids were conducted in Birbal Shahni, Habbibullah hostels along with other hostels.
The incident of firing between warring groups underlined the fact that student union polls are round the corner and many teachers look at the incident of firing as just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. According to them with election season approaching near, criminal elements having a close nexus with student leaders are increasingly taking shelter at LU hostels. And situation would continue to be the same in the next few months.
“The next few months would see many more incidents of firing between the student leaders as the rival camps would be camping at hostel and exchange fire even on petty issue just for the sake of exhibiting their power,” said a former provost.
“It’s high time that varsity administration geared up and kept a hawk eye on the movement of student leaders and their close aides,” he added.
Proctor AN Singh reiterated that similar raids would be carried out in the next few days as this exercise would keep the rowdy elements at bay and would consequently help in restoring peace on the hostel premises. In the last few days, warring groups exchanged gunshots that exposed law and order situation of the campus. Singh stated that varsity would throw away all the criminal elements from its campus.
However, during these raids police did not found anything from hostels. Former provosts of varsity hostels told this newspaper that raids should be carried out in a different way and rather in a discreet manner. “LU has been conducting these raids mostly in evening. Ideally it should be carried out in late night. This is the time when all the inmates are inside their hostel and raids during that hour would be more than a fruitful,” they said.
Interestingly, for quite sometime LU has been struggling to get its hostels purged after the examination. Reason: Wide spread protests from the student leaders that kept the varsity administration on the backfoot. “As a result students with criminal background have been enjoying a comfortable stay at LU,” said another former provost.