At about 11 AM today [25 September 2009], a man was caught in my hostel [Sabarmati, JNU] who claimed to know people in the hostel and tried to enter students’ rooms with the intention of stealing.
As it unfolded later, this man “Mayank Kapoor” went looking for rooms where the occupant may be missing from the room with the room unlocked! This man acted very smartly and asked many students from the ground floor to the second floor about the occupants of the locked rooms to give the impression that he was a respectable figure and knew people in the hostel! It turned out that he had read name plates on many rooms and to avoid any needle of suspicion he would ask people about the occupants [claiming them to be his friends or acquaintances] as he went on pushing the doors of rooms to find out if the occupant of the room was missing!
However the over confidence did him in! He went to Vijay’s room [No. 262 in Sabarmati hostel] and pushed open it thinking Vijay is not in the room! Vijay was lying supine on his bed studying and had already spotted the thief from the slit in the door! The thief pushed open the door only to be greeted by Vijay! Vijay asked him the matter and he said he was looking for “Mehmood!” Vijay told him that Mehmood lived on the first floor in the room below his room. Vijay, smelling a rat, kept an eye on the guy and came down on the first floor following him.
At the same time, I and this thief reached Raghib Akhtar’s room [No. 169; Raghib is a PhD student with the School of Languages [Urdu] and a YFE activist in the campus]. The thief had already pushed and knocked his door before I did! When Raghib opened the door the thief asked him about his neighbour and Raghib replied that he had no idea of that because obviously his neighbour does not inform him before leaving!
The thief proceeded for Mehmood’s room [No. 163 which has a name plate on the room] now which is some distance away in the same row. He asked Mr. Sanjay Kumar Yadav [No. 162, a PhD Sociology student popularly known as “Bhai Ji” in the hostel] the phone no. of Mehmood. He did all this to avoid suspicion and give the impression that he is a genuine guy in the premise and to hoodwink Vijay and others like me who may have doubted him until he found a vulnerable target!
Vijay caught him near Mehmood’s room and I was also there in no time! His story was not adding up and it was crystal clear that ‘Mr. Natwarlal’ was in the net! Raghib, Vijay, me and others quizzed him, shouted at him and pointed holes in his story. He exhibited a belligerent mood and began yelling at us [even calling us names] explaining how he was innocent and how he will teach us a lesson for this. I ran to inform the security and some other students. He was taken in the hostel mess and was logically beaten black and blue by aggrieved students! It is notable that a laptop and some cash was stolen from a room in the hostel some months ago and taps are stolen from bathrooms on a regular basis in JNU campus.
See the video below [he is being thrashed in the hostel mess]. If it’s taking time in appearing, click here to watch it directly on You Tube.
Raghib, Vijay, Sanjay, Jamshed and some others gave a nice thrashing to Mr. Kapoor and deservedly so [see the video]. Group 4 security people also slapped him but all that had no impact on the heavy frame of Mr. Kapoor! Later he was taken to the Group 4 office at the JNU administrative building.
Also see the following 28 seconds video at the Gp 4 office in JNU campus. Click here to watch it directly on You Tube if it’s not showing below. The Group 4 guys took him to OPD [OPD and ICU are euphemisms for third degree torture!].
History-sheeter, Psychopath, Drug Addict
Jyoti Bhoi [a Phd student with SIS], me and Raghib went to the Group 4 office. Delhi police was called as well [JNU is now under the Vasant Kunj police station and not the Vasant Vihar Police station]. The Gp 4 security people informed that this guy was caught some 15 days ago in Narmada hostel and some two years ago in Sutlej hostel [“he was very slim two years ago”]! The guy claimed that he was the son of “IG, Lucknow!” His hands were full of criss-crossed marks [drug addict!].
He also said that he has spent six months in Tihar jail for attempted suicide and therefore all this thrashing is nothing in comparison! His bag [Mphasis BPO bag] had some religious literature, a DVD [some film on thieving?], photos of many women [including “his sisters”], a teddy bear, suicide notes, some Hindi letters, files, folders and confusing documents [see all photos]. As Raghib and others reasoned, these documents were part of his drama to make himself look a psychological case to get a lenient sympathetic treatment in case of discovery of intent and crime. Jyoti, me and Rahib also singed on the complain document submitted to the police.
These were found in his bag! These documents could be a good case study for anybody who wants to explore some criminal psychology! Do mail me or visit me with a DVD if you want a copy of all the documents from his bag. By the way the man was quite camera-shy!
Late Edit: Please see the comments for the moral-ethical angle to the issue.