Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 17:
Taking note of the involvement of engineering students in various criminal activities, especially in and around the Odisha capital, the commissionerate police has decided to prepare a database of the students of all engineering colleges in the city.
As per the records, 30 engineering students have been arrested on the charge of murder, dacoity, loot, theft and gun peddling in the last six months.
The commissionerate police had received complaints against 78 students in 2014 and registered cases against 19 students while cases were registered against 19 students out of 55 complaints received in 2013, sources said.
Considering the above, the police, in the first phase, are preparing the database of the engineering students.
Talking to the media, Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi said the police are preparing the database of the engineering students staying outside their institute. Neither the institute and nor the police has any account of these students and their location.
“The database is not meant to keep the criminal activities of the students. Through the database, police will be able to have separate interaction with these students,” he said.
The DCP said the police will identify the location where these engineering students reside.
“Police would keep a watch on the students staying in mess and verify their criminal activities,” he added.
Talking to the media about the criminal activities of the engineering students, well-known educationist Dr Pritish Acharya said these students, after getting the technical know-how from other students, utilise the technology in criminal activities like vehicle theft and looting cash from ATM counters.
“Apart from this, the craze for leading a luxurious life is the other reason for indulging in such criminal activities. The institutes should take up the responsibility to prevent students from indulging in criminal activities and lead a meaningful and practical life,” he noted.
It may be mentioned that the commissionerate police, after coming to know about the involvement of engineering students in criminal activities, had launched an awareness campaign among the students in 10 engineering colleges in the capital city.