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ABVP protests leaders? arrest

india Updated: Sep 09, 2006 14:20 IST
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ACTIVISTS OF Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Friday staged protest against arrest of their two leaders in murder case of Professor Sabharwal. Several BJP leaders including three MLAs also joined the demonstration.

Over 3,000 activists congregated at the Mahakal temple and reached Dewasgate in the form of a rally. Addressing the gathering, Parishad national president Kailash Sharma claimed that ABVP delegation had left the college after registering their objections over cancellation of student elections and had no role in assault on Professor Sabharwal.

He said the two arrested leaders - Shahiranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar - have been falsely implicated in the case and demanded removal of Section 302 imposed on them.

ABVP and BJP leaders from different parts of Ujjain division were present at the protest. MLAs Tarachand Goyal, Bhadursingh Chouhan and Shantilal Dhawai, BJP city head Shiva Kotwani, Roop Pamnani, Virendra Kothari were among those present.

Later, talking to reporters, Kailash Sharma said, ‘‘we are ready for any investigation by any agency be it CID or CBI but the investigation must be impartial.

The Congress is indulging in cheap politics and is pressurising the witnesses.’’ Sharma holds local administration responsible for giving permission to the Congress to stage ‘Jail Bharo Andolan’ near the college at a time when the elections were on. He said the police failed in controlling the demonstrators and they succeeded in entering the college resulting in ransacking and beating incidents.

Sharma alleged that the college administration had cancelled the election under pressure of Congress backed student leaders. He termed the language used by one of the ABVP workers (Vimal Tomar) before the Professor as unjustified he added that the Parishad had initiated disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, District and Session Judge A K Sharma Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of Shashiranjan Akela who is under judicial custody in Sabharwal case.


Murder charge too harsh: BJP; Police doing their job: CM
DESPITE A section of the BJP regarding the murder charges against two ABVP leaders in connection with the death of an Ujjain professor as too harsh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday said the agencies probing the case did what they felt was right.

“Investigating agencies have done whatever they felt was right,” Chouhan told reporters on the sidelines of the BJP’s National Executive meeting in Dehradun. But some in the BJP believe the Chouhan Government has gone a bit far in slapping murder charges against the two ABVP leaders in connection with the death of Prof H S Sabharwal on August 26.

“I think this case warranted Section 304 at the most which means culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It is not a case of murder if you look at the events closely,” a senior party leader said. Chouhan, however, downplayed the divergent opinion within the BJP on the handling of Sabharwal’s murder case saying “everybody was free to have his own views.” He also said he would rather favour a debate on the worth of holding student unions’ elections.

HC notice to Govt on student poll
RESPONDING TO a public interest litigation (PIL) filed on defining students’ election code in colleges, the Indore High Court division bench on Friday ordered to issue show cause notice to State Government asking as to why the PIL should not be admitted and why the relief sought in it not be granted. Division bench comprising Justice S K Kulshreshtha and Justice N K Mody has asked the State Government to submit reply to the show cause notice.

The PIL has challenged the political nexus of students and huge amounts of money deployed in the college elections. It has alleged that college elections are a means to settle scores by leading political parties where rivals are framed and revenged.

Petitioner Mahendra Singh Thakur through his counsel Amit K Upadhyaya has submitted that college elections should be banned in case State Government is unable to handle it. In case the polls are conducted, the government should define its code, especially when 2001 Ordinance is breached with impunity. The Ordinance, for instance, advocates appointing merit holders as student union leaders.

But this is never followed, writ said. Taking note of Professor H S Sabharwal’s death at Madhav College in Ujjain during elections, litigant alleged that the incident could occur with more lethal consequences in future if precautionary measures are not taken on time. Incidentally, this is the second PIL filed at Indore HC bench following Professor Sabharwal’s death that took place on August 26.  

Prof’s heart reaches Indore hopsital
Prof Sabharwal’s heart has finally landed at the pathology department of MY Hospital on Friday. The requisite tests would be conducted and the report submitted to the concerned authorities in due course, according to hospital PRO Dr Anita Mutha. “The histopathy would take about 15 days. However, the report will not be released to the media. It is the internal and confidential matter of the department,” she added. 

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