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LU hostels den of criminals?

Three LU hostellers were held for extortion at Hazratganj on December 12. Two of them were from Habibullah Hostel and one from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 10:54 IST

Three LU hostellers were held for extortion at Hazratganj on December 12. Two of them were from Habibullah Hostel and one from Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel.

Police arrested LU hosteller for his alleged involved in the kidnapping of SGPGIMS employee’s son Ankit, whose body was later recovered .


VICE-CHANCELLOR Prof RP Singh says about 10-12 per cent of varsity hostellers possess firearms and the police are also aware about this! He asserts that off hand, an LU hostellers is involved in one in every five incidents of crime in Lucknow! Raj Bhawan has also taken cognisance of criminal elements in LU hostels and students moving with gunners on the campus.

Are LU hostels really dens for criminals? To prove this, the LU released a list of 83 students with criminal records and requested the district administration once again to help purge the hostels if normal teaching is to be resumed at the varsity. The V-C says since student leaders possess firearms and weapons, it is not easy for the proctor and provost to have the hostels purged of their own.

When asked whether suspension of such a large number of students would not provoke political parties to exert pressure on him, the V-C said: “I don’t care much about political compulsions. The district administration has been demanding a list of erring students and we’ve prepared it. Now, we expect them to have the hostels purged. It is the police’s duty to maintain law and order on the campus.”

Prof RP Singh says, criminals have a firm hold in the varsity and all attempts to root them out have failed in the past. “I’m told that in the past, hostel rooms were allotted even to the mafia. Incidents of criminal elements threatening hostellers and commoners at gunpoint is common,” he told mediapersons on Wednesday. 

The LU has submitted complete criminal records of 26 offenders and a list of 57 other erring students to the administration.

“Their criminal records and other academic details are yet to be ascertained.

Now, that the varsity office has re-opened, we expect that the files would be ready in a day or two,” said Prof Singh. This V-C also added that there are 50 other students who were suspended last year and 15 other offenders were expelled in the recent past.

The ball’s now in the administration’s court!