Mangalore University students found a mobile phone inside the ladies’ toilet in the bioscience block in the campus on August 24.
While the university had constituted an expert committee to investigate the issue, a complaint was filed by the university with the police more than a week later on September 1.
The case is registered under Section 354(c) (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66(E) of the IT ACT.
When asked why there was delay in filing a complaint the registrar Prof KM Lokesh reportedly said they were confident that committee, who are from the computer science department, could crack the case, reported BM.
Students are worried as they suspect that some files may have been sent from the phone.
What added to the suspicion is that the mobile, wrapped in a paper, was placed on a wooden plank with a hole on it. The mobile did not have a sim card but was attached to a power bank, reported BM.
Bangalore Mirror quoted a student studying in the same block saying, “The incident came as a big shock. Worse, rumours are making the rounds that its contents may have gone viral. Though the university has decided to enhance security, we are yet to feel safe in the campus as fear is always there. It was students from the biosciences department who spotted the device wrapped in a paper, and it was handed over to the chairman.”
The university management has assured the students that they will find the culprit and he or she would be suspended.
Lokesh said, “We have already constituted an expert inquiry committee that is investigating the case based on a letter given to us by the chairperson of the biosciences department. The expert committee report is expected to be out soon, based on which further action will be taken. If students are involved in this, they will surely be suspended.”
The committee’s report will be submitted to the police.
The committee that has been constituted includes Dr Mustiyari Begum, Prof Shashirekha and Prof Shekar.
“Following the incident, we have decided that every department, corridor and utility area will have CCTV cameras in two months' time. There will also be a biometric attendance system. Once the committee submits its report, we will consider submitting the same to the police,” Lokesh added.