In the wake of unidentified "naked" intruder terrifying and "molesting" girls at hostels on Guru Nanak Dev University campus last week, a meeting between students, police officials and university officials held at Hostel No. 1, where vice-chancellor AS Brar and dean of students' welfare, AS Sidhu tried to pacify the infuriated students by assuring them necessary action immediately.
Sidhu told Hindustan Times: "Our first aim is to restore the confidence of hostel students and their parents, who are panicked by the unfolding of circumstances. We will recruit more female security guards on the hostel premises. Secondly, the height of the boundary wall will be increased to prevent trespassing. The patrolling, which has been missing so far, will be made mandatory both inside and outside the girl hostels. In addition, we will issue identity cards to all staff and workers present in the girl hostels, including mess employees, security guards etc."
"The girls, who had faced the intruder, are staying with their parents now. They don't want to register a police compliant in this connection. Even as identifying the intruder is a difficult task, we are putting in our best efforts to not let the image of the university tarnished by such incidents in the future. These incidents are blots on the university's security arrangements,"said Barar.
"I suspect that the intruder was an insider, as one should be well-informed about the hostel for such a despicable task. Even if he was an outsider, he must have been supported by some hostel staff/worker,"the V-C added.
However commenting on the incidents, station house officer (SHO) at the Cantonment police station Gurbinder Singh said: "We were not even informed about the Tuesday incidents and came to know about the incident through a HT report. As police have been brought into the loop by the university, we will start investigations by questioning security guards and mess staff in the begining."
"It's unfortunate that a complaint has not been filed either by the girls or their parents and neither a case was registered by the university in this connection. If the girls give us description of the intruder, a sketch can be prepared for his identification. In the meantime, we will increase patrolling outside the university campus on Polytechnic College Road as has been sought by the university authorities.
When asked about the positioning of women police on the campus, the SHO said: "The university authorities
feel they have enough security guards on the roll, and thus deployment police is not required."
"We already have adequate security guards, including retired army personnel, and we are planning to recruit
more guards on the campus. We don't have any objection over police patrolling on the campus and outside the
hostels, as our ultimate motive is student's safety, said Sidhu.
The meeting held in the backdrop of girls' hostel residents protesting outside the Barar residence, demanding more security measures for the safety of the girl residents in the wake of the incidents.