In case relating to assault on professor Nath; CID begins probe into Sabharwal's death

  • None has come forth as witness so far: Chief Minister
  • State Government trying to suppress facts: Sabharwal's son

    Ujjain: Three persons, including two ABVP leaders, surrendered before the police here on Wednesday in connection with manhandling of a college professor here.

    In another case, the Criminal Investigation Department began a probe into the violence that led to the death of Professor H.S. Sabharwal.Madhya Pradesh ABVP president Shashiranjan Akela and its secretary Vimal Tomar, who was seen in TV footage to be threatening Madhav College Professor M.L. Nath, surrendered at the Dewas Gate police station. The case related to manhandling and throwing of mud at Prof. Nath on August 26, city Superintendent of Police Rajesh Mishra.

    Sanjeev Jain, a worker of the NCP's outfit Disha Kisaan Sangathan, also surrendered in the same case, he said.

    The trio were produced before a court and sent to judicial remand till September 7.

    The CID started its probe into the death of Sabharwal, also a professor of the college, by conducting a spot inspection and interrogating shopkeepers near the college.

    However, the police are yet to make any arrest in connection with this case.

    NSUI protest

    Earlier in the day, 23 NSUI workers protested the rounding up of around some Congress workers for violence at the college, Inspector-General of Police Anil Kumar said.

    District Congress president Batuk Shankar Joshi claimed their names had featured in a list of offenders submitted by the college principal, and thus "it was decided to ask them to court arrest."

    The NSUI workers were later booked on the charge of arson and violence at the college, Mr. Mishra said.

    With these arrests, eight persons were apprehended. Five of them were earlier released on bail, he said.

    Apart from booking students in two cases for arson and attack on Prof. Nath, the police had registered a case against unidentified persons for the death of Sabharwal.

    Additional Collector Ravindra Singh, who was conducting the magisterial inquiry into the death of Sabharwal, also visited the college.

    Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that so far no one had come forth as witness in the case relating to Sabharwal's death.

    But the professor's son, Himangshu, said that as per the FIR lodged by college peon Komal Singh Sengar, the latter wrote "I and many others have seen them (attackers). We know the attackers by face but not by their names. They beat up the professor with the intention of killing him."

    Describing the Government action (in ordering a probe) an "eyewash aimed at sheltering the main accused in the incident," Mr. Himangshu demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

    Alleging that the State Government was trying to suppress facts in the case, he said "officials are trying to create a Bihar-like situation in the city."

    He also accused the police of exerting pressure on Mr. Sengar to "change his stand."

    On the other hand, Mr. Sengar, who was being treated for some complications at a hospital, expressed fears that he might be implicated by the police in the murder case.

    However, a police official refuted the charge and claimed that the peon was giving conflicting statements.

    Opposition Congress, led by its chief Subhash Yadav and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Jamuna Devi, staged a day-long dharna in front of the Chief Minister's residence demanding a CBI inquiry into the Madhav College violence. PTI, UNI

    ABVP demand

    New Delhi Staff Reporter reports:

    Denying any role in the death of Professor Sabharwal, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Wednesday demanded an independent inquiry to determine who was responsible for his death.

    Claiming that the professor's post-mortem report indicated that he died due to the injuries sustained after he fell from his two-wheeler, the ABVP asserted that it had no hand in the incident.

    "The clipping that news channels have been broadcasting is that of our members gheraoing the Principal of Madhav Mahavidyalaya and not of Professor Sabharwal. Professor Sabharwal had collapsed at the college gate when the students gheraoed him. None of our members was involved. We condemn the incident that led to Professor Sabharwal's death and offer our condolences to his family," said Sunil Bansal, AVBP North Zone organisation secretary, at a press conference here.

    Pointing out that the activists were upset after the elections were scrapped in the college, Mr. Bansal said: "Elections were to be held on August 26. But on the day the nomination committee was to be elected, the elections were scrapped. The National Students' Union of India forced the authorities to cancel the elections as the ABVP was going to win. The members then went to meet the Principal and gave him a memorandum.''

    Admitting that ABVP activists were upset after they heard that the elections had been cancelled, Mr. Bansal said:

    "They were angry and that is why they took the stand. However, they were not involved in the incident that led to the death of Professor Sabharwal. He didn't have any injuries on his body consistent with being beaten up. Professor Sabharwal had already had two coronary bypass surgeries and had asked the college not to put him on election duty. But they never listened."

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