140-150 local people, armed with knives, sticks, rods reached the Boys’ Hostel at about 10-30-11.00 pm on Sunday and waged a “war” by stoning the windows of the Hostel, smashing and damaging several vehicles including an ambulance, CCTVs installed at the Hostel, computers, chairs, and other property. The sudden attack by the locals left the students trembling and shivering with dread and forcing them to lock all the entry doors and room doors from outside and go to the terrace of the Hostel for safety.
Old rivalry between the students and local people virtually turned the YCCE Boys Hostel into battlefield that witnessed free-for-all, injuries, backlash, property damage, fleeing of Hostel by some students to safer places and, exposing of the careless and negligent attitude by MIDC police, too.
According to police, one of the locals, Prayag Ishwar Nanvare, along with his friends was having tea at a kiosk near Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE) at about 6-6-30 pm on Sunday. At the same time, the some YCCE students namely Nilesh Bhatt, Ishtiyak Alam Ansari, Gym Trainer Bawankar reached the spot and resorted to abusing and hitting Prayag and his friends with wooden sticks. Prayag received injuries on his hands, legs, and back. The accused even threatened to kill Prayag if he is again seen in front of the college gate. Prayag immediately lodged a complaint with the MIDC police against Nilesh Bhatt and his accomplices. Police booked the accused under various relevant sections of the IPC.
However, the abusing and hitting episode did not end with only a police complaint. The injured Prayag narrated the incident to his friends Rahul Chauhan, and Swapnil Sahakar both locals. The brother of Rahul Chauhan and his 15-25 accomplices reached the same tea shop in front of YCCE and saw Ishtiyak Alam Ansari having tea along with his friends. Rahul Chauhan asked Ishtiyak whether he stays in the Boys’ Hostel of the YCCE, and when Ishtiyak said ‘yes’, Rahul Chauhan and his accomplices thrashed him and his friends severely and fled the spot.
One of the YCCE students, on condition of anonymity, told Nagpur Today that the injured Ishtiyak Alam Ansari was taken to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Wana Dongri near Hingna in an ambulance for treatment. However, the Hospital refused to treat the injured Ishtiyak for reasons better known to the Hospital authorities. Ishtiyak was then taken to Padole Hospital near Swawalambi Nagar Square. Doctors treated Ishtiyak, who needed some stitches and other first-aid and was discharged from the hospital after sometime. Ishtiyak went back to his Hostel situated in Hingna, the student said.
The student further said, the MIDC police reached YCCE Boys Hostel at about 8 pm and assured the students that dispute between them and the local people would be amicably resolved the next day. The police van stood at the Hostel till about 10-10-30 pm and left the place thereafter after sensing no trouble.
However, after the police left the place, the accused Rahul Chauhan about 140-150 local people, armed with knives, sticks, rods reached the Boys’ Hostel at about 10-30-11.00 pm and waged a “war” by stoning the windows of the Hostel, smashing and damaging several vehicles including an ambulance, CCTVs installed at the Hostel, computers, chairs, and other property. The sudden attack by the locals left the students trembling and shivering with dread and forcing them to lock all the entry doors and room doors from outside and go to the terrace of the Hostel for safety, the student informed Nagpur Today.
The students again tried to contact MIDC Police Station to inform the police about the attack. However, to the bewilderment of the scared students, despite repeated calls to the MIDC Police Station, the policemen did not respond their calls. The exasperated students finally phoned Sadar Police Station and narrated the incident to the policemen there. The Sadar police, without caring for jurisdiction, rushed to the Boys Hostel in Hingna. But before the Sadar police could reach the Hostel, the mob of local people fled the place leaving behind a trail of destruction.
The students spent the entire night on the terrace fearing the locals may storm the building anytime. But the “war” made its victims as some of the students left the Hostel and went to safer places like the houses of their friends in the city and other places, the student told Nagpur Today. The tension forced the nearby area shop owners to keep shutters down the entire dayon Monday.
Now, according to reports, the security of the Hostel has been tightened and a strict bandobast has been enforced.