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POST TIME: 9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Crime on track
Students and teachers unsafe during vacation on JU campus
Plabon Tarique, JU

Students and teachers unsafe during vacation on JU campus

Activities of snatchers and thieves have increased at different public spots on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus ahead of Eid.

Owing to frequent snatching and stealing, students, teachers and officials of the varsity are feeling insecure in the campus area, though JU authorities have often promised initiatives to catch thieves and snatchers.

All academic activities ended on May 20 for the Ramadan and Eid vacation, but the administrative work will continue till June 5. Several incidents of snatching and stealing have occurred since the vacation began. On June 2, students caught a thief, identified as Jewel Rana, when he was trying to steal a mobile phone from Room No 112 of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall. While being questioned by security officials, Rana confessed to being a professional thief and stealing various instruments from different halls.

He also said a group was involved in stealing on the campus ahead of Eid. Snatching has greatly increased on the Dhaka-Aricha highway, next to the varsity's Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall.

The stretch between MH Gate and Dairy Gate is the most vulnerable place, where snatchers are on the prowl because of lack of enough security, sources said.

On May 25, Rifat Hossain, a third-year student of the history department, was attacked by snatchers on the Dhaka-Aricha highway. The attackers grabbed a mobile phone and Tk. 6,000 from him, leaving him badly injured in the scuffle.

Though the university authorities filed a case with Savar police station in this regard, they were not adequately cooperating with the police, alleged the student.

Meanwhile, most of the students have left the campus during the vacation, although some of them are still staying in the dormitories.

Students staying back expressed deep concern and a feeling of insecurity. They urged the authorities to take measures to detain the thieves and snatchers.

Rhythem Biswash, a final-year student of the chemistry department, said: “I am staying back because our final examination is near at hand. But I'm really frightened by these snatching and stealing incidents.”

JU chief security officer Shudipto Shaheen said: “As many students and teachers are staying here during the vacation, we are trying to detain the snatchers and thieves. We are monitoring every public spot on the campus to prevent any untoward incident.”

When contacted, JU proctor Shikder Md Zulkarnine said: “We have enough manpower to make the campus secure. All members of the Proctorial Body are always alert to prevent any unwanted situation during the vacation. We will try to take the maximum measures to ensure the safety of our students.”