‘Nothing like this has happened here before and we are worried’
"It’s unfortunate. Nothing like this has happened here before and we are a little worried," said DK Mehra, a resident of Hudson Lines.Updated: May 13, 2008, 02:12 IST
"It’s unfortunate. Nothing like this has happened here before and we are a little worried," said DK Mehra, a resident of Hudson Lines. The mysterious death of an NRI student of the Delhi University sent this otherwise calm locality into visible uneasiness on Monday.
The cluster of bungalows in the colony is a stone’s throw from the university’s north campus and offers several paying guest set-ups and hostels, and is a haven for hundreds of outstation students willing to pay a little extra.
Residents were on the streets through the afternoon, as journalists and television crews moved about the colony, probing neighbours about the student who was found dead inside his apartment in 2315, Hudson Lines.
A chunk of residents in the colonies surrounding the north campus have let out a part of their houses to students at hefty rents. But Hudson Lines, students say, is different. "The rents here are slightly high than areas like Dhakka village in Mukherjee Nagar. This is an elite colony and students who don’t get hostel accommodation at colleges and are ready to pay more come here," said Amrita Bahri, president of the Delhi University Students Union.
No major crimes have taken place against students here but security has always been a talking point for residents and campaigners for campus safety.
One such group, Centre for Struggling Women, has worked on the issue. "These are susceptible places since outstation students can be easily exploited. We have created student sub-committees that take care of problems faced by residents here," said Maya John, a member.
A proposal for installing close circuit cameras at vantage points in the university has already been approved by the Commissioner, said Bahri.
"Colonies like Hudson Lines will be covered under the proposal. It is a good way to deter miscreants," said an officer.