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Repeated theft woes hostellers of Sharda University in Greater Noida
Incidents of repeated thievery of students' valuable articles from hostel rooms of Madela Hostel at Sharda University, Greater Noida, has become a matter of great trouble for the hostel inmates. Valuables like laptops, cameras etc. have been the main target. As of now, nearly 14 laptops and one camera has been stolen.

The horrendous acts are being carried out in the day light when students are out of the hostel for their classes. These incidents are taking place in regular intervals and on 3rd February another hostel inmate’s room's main door and almirah were broke open and his laptop and camera was stolen.

The students have alleged the security, warden and college authorities of not taking any action despite repeated complains. “Though we have approached the concerned authorities of the university and submitted copies of our FIR, however despite their promises, no action has been taken so far,” says a hostel inmate on the condition of anonymity.

According to the students the attitude of the warden at Mandela Hostel as well as the security staff is not at all co-operative. Another victim whose similar articles were stolen stated on the condition of anonymity, “When I approached the warden he started yelling at me and even accused me of fabricating false stories. When he came to know that I had informed PCR about the incident, he threatened me that he will get rusticated from the university, if I inform the police or take any action without consulting him.”

Another security officer of Sharda University, Satish, too used abusive words allegedly against a student and chased him from the security office, putting all sorts of absurd allegations on him.

It’s worthwhile to mention that, this is not for the first time that loopholes in the university’s security have come under severe criticism. Last year during the month of May, a minor clash between Indian and Afghani students led to a massive riot in the university premises, which left several students severely injured and the university was closed for a week.

Mandela Hostel has over 1000 students residing in it, but even after repeated incidents of theft no security cameras have been installed so far.

“The university charges lakhs of rupees as fee from us each year and in fact put heavy fines on us, however when it comes to our security, they are not at all bothered.”

The students are going through a very tense phase as of now, but what steps the authorities take would be interesting to find out.

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