Victims of the theft claimed that when approached, college authorities treated them with arrogance and casualness. "Initially they said that they would look into the matter but a week later they bluntly asked us to talk to our insurance firm and initiate the process to claim our insurance amount. They said that land being provided for parking doesn't mean security would also be provided." said Somnath Shingate, an eleventh standard student from Ferguson Junior College, whose Activa was stolen on the fifth of this month.
Another victim who didn't wish to be named said "The college very promptly collects parking fees of Rs 3 everytime a bike enter the campus, but they refuse to take any responsibility when it comes to safety of these vehicles. Should my son go to college to study or should he rather keep an eye on his bike? The casual approach of the management was very annoying."
Despite of these repeated incidences, the college authorities have not given the students a formal notice to take additional security measures for their bike, he added.
Speaking to dna, College Principal RS Pardeshi maintained that the college can not take responsibility for the stolen bikes, "Many people lose their bikes on the streets of Pune , does the corporation take any responsibility towards it? The college only provides land for parking and we collect a nominal fee for that, beyond that its security can not be taken care of. The procedure is being followed, a formal police complaint has be lodged and law will take its own course"
Worried college students of the college expressed their fear due to the lack of screening of people at the entrance of the college premises, bikes are getting stolen.
"We park our bikes inside paying a parking fee because when we park outside our seats are found torn, if bikes get stolen from inside what is the point? I usually enter through the Watrewadi gate and absolutely anybody can enter the premises, especially from the slum of Gokhale-nagar, after these incidents safety is surely an issue." said Seema a student of the DES Law College.
With regard to this issue RS pardeshi said that the security agency had been warned, "There is enough security staff around the college, and our students are safe in the premises."