Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 22:
Commissionerate Police in Odisha’s Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack is soon going to issue a notification to all engineering college authorities under its jurisdiction asking them to install CCTVs in their campuses and hostels to keep a tab on the criminal activities by some of the students.
In a meeting between the college principals and the police yesterday, Commissioner Rajendra Sharma made it amply clear that the colleges would need to install CCTV cameras within two months of the issue of notification, failing which action would be taken against them.
“There are many colleges that don’t make hostel accommodation mandatory for students. Usually these students go untracked; some of them get involved in criminal activities. This would not be tolerated. The college authorities need to provide 100 percent hostel accommodation. Also, if there are students living outside the campus, the college authorities need to set up CCTVs there and provide private security. They need to inform the cops immediately, should anything go wrong,” said Sharma.
This move by the Commissionerate Police comes in the backdrop of ever-increasing criminal activities by engineering college students in and around Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
As per police sources, while 17 cases were lodged against engineering students in 2013, it went up to 19 in 2014 and by June 15 this year, 10 cases have already been lodged.
While boys are found committing crimes like theft, burglary, chain snatching and dealing with brown sugar, arms and contraband, girl students get into prostitution rackets and theft.
To control these crimes, Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi asked the college authorities to prepare a student database and submit it at the local police station.
Also, the Commissionerate Police asked the colleges to form anti-ragging committee and anti-ragging squad as per guidelines of AICTE and UGC to contain incidents and ragging and suicide. Yoga and spiritual programmes were recommended by the cops as a tool for mental development of the students.
The college authorities provided inputs to address these challenges as well. Plans such as bio-metric attendance system were discussed and a decision taken to implement it in the colleges and hostels. These data are supposed to be shared with the cops and guardians to keep a tab on the movement of the students.