Munnabhais? latest: Cosy parlours for hostellers!

MASSAGE PARLOURS, eating joint, book shops, hair saloon? you name it and KGMU hostels have it! This is another Munnabhai racket which has converted hostel rooms into utility shops! All for a cut.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 00:29 IST

MASSAGE PARLOURS, eating joint, book shops, hair saloon… you name it and KGMU hostels have it!

This is another Munnabhai racket which has converted hostel rooms into utility shops! All for a cut.

The fact came to light when the proctorial board members went on a random visit to Sardar Patel hostel and surprisingly found the board ‘SP Shopping Centre’ outside the hostel room numbers 1 and 2 on Monday.

There isn’t any rule that permits commercial use of varsity’s hostel rooms, apart for students to live during their academic sessions. But, the rooms here accommodated medical books for sale and the shop is being run by one of the biggest medical book dealers of the state. More surprises! The shopping centre has been in operation here since 1958.

Coming to room number 11, a tailor shop was found running since last three decades. In room number 138, it was barber shop and a massage parlor.

“All of those shop owners told us that they were running the business since decades and were allotted the rooms with consent of previous authorities heading the varsity,” informed proctorial board members.

After SP Hostel, the proctorial board visited the TG Hostel and found there two rooms occupied and used for the same business of books. At the Vijaylaxmi (girls) Hostel also, two rooms were found illegally engaged for a canteen.

Moreover, the open space in the TG Hostel was put to use for cooking. During an enquiry, it was found that the rent for running canteen business from hostel premises was Re 1 per meal, supplied to hostellers and Re 1 only for the lunch packet that was supplied in other hostels and offices outside campus.

The payment for running bookstore and tailor shops runs in thousands, of which there are no records. The bookstore owner, the barber and the tailor have been asked to leave the premises. The bookstore owner has demanded one week’s time from the board to take out his stock.

Meanwhile, a probe is being conducted against students suspected of involvement in Munnabhai racket. Five more girls are suspected to have acted as solver during the past PGME examinations, held in 2003, 04 and 05. The candidates belonged to the backward class.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 00:29 IST