A professor died of heart attack on Saturday after he was assaulted by a group of students belonging to ABVP who were piqued at the cancellation of students’ union elections at Government Madhav Arts and Commerce College here.
Professor Harbhajan Singh Sabharwal, who was conducting the elections along with colleagues M L Nath and R P Mittal, complained of uneasiness and collapsed after the students tried to stop him from leaving the place and mobbed him after the cancellation of the polls, Inspector-General Anil Kumar said.
Sabharwal, who had undergone a bypss surgery recently, was rushed to the district hospital where he was declared dead. Police have registered a case of murder under section 302 of the IPC against unspecified persons and sent the professor’s body for post-mortem examination.
The 110-year-old college had been witnessing unruly scenes and heated exchanges for the past one week over the elections.
BJP-backed ABVP and Congress-supported NSUI made frantic efforts to ensure their victory.
Supporters of the two organisations were involved in minor clashes since the morning and the police lathicharged to control the situation.
However, things took an ugly turn when the college administration cancelled the elections but pasted a list of nominated representatives.
This reportedly annoyed the ABVP activists who immediately rushed to the principal’s office. They were involved in heated exchanges with the professors and some started beating them. Professor Sabharwal died. Professors Nath and Mittal were injured.
Angry over Sabharwal’s death the Congress leaders pelted stones on shops outside the district hospital. Collector Neeraj Mandloi told HT that police have recorded statements of college staff and the culprits would be named. according to the details.
Police inaction blamed: The ugly drama which led to the death of a professor could have been averted had the police learnt a lesson from the altercations in the last few days.
A petrol bomb was thrown at the College library on Friday night but police did not take the incident seriously as the accused were not identified so far.
When violent clashes were on at the college, top police officials were busy attending a conference on narcotics smuggling. (With agency inputs)