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One can notice a fairly large number of youths freaking out in the night at various spots in the city. Most of them are students of

various professional and technical institutes of the city.

Many of them live in unauthorised private hostels, flats and rented accommodations and are often involved in anti- social and criminal activities.

Taking serious note of this, the police department has launched a campaign to curb such activities.

Police officers held meetings with hostel owners at Govindpura and MP Nagar police stations. The hostel owners were instructed to adhere to the guidelines set for hostels.

In the meeting the hostel owners were asked to keep a record of the details of the inmates. They have been asked to collect details including the fathers name, permanent address, local address, identity proof, college, motorbike/ vehicle number, photograph etc of the inmates.

Additional Superintendent of Police MS Verma, who is leading the campaign, said that the hostel managers and caretakers should also keep a watch on the activities of the inmates.

In case of any undesirable activities police should be informed.

Verma said that police is collecting details of the inmates living in various hostels and private flats etc.

The credentials of the students will be cross checked by contacting the police of their native place. Police will find out if the students/ inmates have any criminal record.

Stringent action will be taken against the students found indulging in criminal activities. However police will ensure that innocent students and inmates do not face any police action, added Verma The hostel owners assured to cooperate will police in the campaign and adhere to the guidelines. Secretary of Bhopal Hostel Owners Association ( BHOA) Suhas Veerani said that most of the students found roaming are those who live in private rented accommodations.

Since owners of the houses and flats have no objection as far as timings of the students were concerned, they keep late hours.

Veerani said that the hostels associated with BHOA have set time for inmates and allow late night entry only in case of coaching classes.

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