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CID to probe Ujjain professor's death

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 00:00 IST

The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday asked the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to investigate the circumstances and causes leading to the death of HS Sabharwal, a college professor.

Sabharwal, who taught at the Madhav College in the temple town of Ujjain, 190 kms from Bhopal, died on Saturday after reportedly being attacked by a group of student leaders who were angry at the cancellation of students' union polls.

The tragedy had provoked widespread protests across the state with Ujjain city seeing a complete shutdown on Monday and the colleges in this state capital remaining closed on Tuesday.

"Inspector General of Police (CID) MP Dwivedi has been rushed to Ujjain on Tuesday evening to look into the matter and submit his report within 24 hours," a senior police official said in Bhopal.

The state government has suspended City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Manoj Kumar Singh and two Town Inspectors, YP Singh and Yashwant, for dereliction of duty.

"The two were posted at the college to maintain law and order but failed in their duty," a police official said.

The opposition Congress, which staged a sit-in at the Governor's House on Tuesday, has called for a state-wide shutdown on Teacher's Day (Sep 5) to protest the death of the professor.

The students' wing of the Congress, the National Student Union of India (NSUI) has said the attackers belonged to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students' body affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The victim's son Himanshu had accused the police and the administration of succumbing to political pressures in probing the incident.

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 Sabharwal.

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.

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