Theft creates panic amidst hostellers

Ujjain: In a span of only one week, the antisocial elements have given an open challenge to the security guards at Vikram University (VU) girls’ hostel thrice. Frequent theft in the hostel has created panic among hostellers. Three mobile phones and cash of Rs 4000 were stolen from one of the rooms at the girls’ hostel at Vikram University premises here on Wednesday night.

The incident took place when one of the hostel mate had gone for dinner. Apparently, the thief who seemed to be acquainted with the girls’ routine barged into the hostel and entered in the room where the two girls stay. Previously, two more thefts occurred on May 22 and May 26, in which valuables of two other girls were stolen away. At that time no reporting was done, and the matter was supressed by administration.

One of the hostellers said, ‘The hostel boundary is very short and anybody can easily enter the hostel taking the help of the trees whose branches touch not only the boundary wall of the hostel but also the terrace of the first floor.’ Another hosteller said, ‘After the incident, the warden is thinking about cutting branches of the trees.’

Sources informed that there is hardly found any light on the college campus. The route from the main gate to the girls’ hostel gate is covered in darkness. There is no security guard at the hostel gate during evening, though it was dark by that time. With serious shortcomings in the security arrangement, about 80 girls living in 50 rooms of the hostel seemed to be vulnerable to criminal elements. Girls registered a formal complaint at Madhav Nagar police station after which police reached the spot and started the investigation.

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