Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
Bhopal – The son of a Madhya Pradesh professor, who died after being beaten up by a criminal gang from ABVP ( a students organization affiliated to the Hindu fascist organization, RSS) has accused police and the administration of succumbing to political pressures in probing the incident.
H.S. Sabharwal of the Madhav College in the temple town of Ujjain, 190 km from here, had died Saturday after reportedly being attacked by a group of student leaders who were angry at the cancellation of students’ union polls.
While police filed a case of murder, it was registered against ‘unidentified persons’.
‘It was surprising that no eyewitness was found though the incident took place in the open where several students and teachers besides police and administrative officials were present,’ said Himanshu, son of the victim.
Many of the slain teacher’s colleagues agreed.
‘What was the hitch in identifying the culprits when the incident occurred in the presence of senior police and administrative officials,’ a teacher said on the condition of anonymity.
Many college employees alleged that the culprits were being protected as they belonged to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Though police have arrested five ABVP activists, they have been booked in connection with a complaint by M.L. Nath, a teacher who too was attacked and hospitalised, and not in connection with Sabharwal’s death.
Police, however, denied any foul play in the matter.
‘We have recorded statements of more than 20 members of the college staff but none had seen the assault on Professor Sabharwal. No witnesses have come forward so far to give details about the assailants,’ said Superintendent of Police Jaideep Prasad.