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?CM responsible for saffron violence?

india Updated: Sep 06, 2006 02:36 IST
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AICC General secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday lambasted the State chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying that he was responsible for the violence being resorted to by the saffron brigade in the State.

Singh, addressing a press conference in the city after visiting the bereaved family of Prof HS Sabharwal, who died after being assaulted during the student union election in the Madhav college in the city on August 28, said that the chief minister was “acting as a puppet of the RSS.”

“Chouhan was working as the puppet of the RSS,” he remarked. Singh expressed his annoyance over the fact that neither the chief minister nor any officer of the higher education department had visited Sabharwal’s family so far.

Singh demanded that the State government immediately hand over the investigation into the professor’s death case to CBI and announced that the Congress would continue its agitation till its demand was accepted. “The fight would be taken to streets, Assembly and even court,” he declared.  Singh said Sabharwal’s family informed him that they were being intimidated for speaking against the assailants.

Terming the incident as ‘shameful,’ Singh expected the CM to visit the late professor’s family immediately. To a question he said student elections were necessary but it is the duty of the administration to ensure order. 

Meanwhile, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who also visited the Sabharwal house said that the assault has shocked him more as the Madhav College building was a part of erstwhile Scindia rule.

Addressing a public meeting at Gopal Mandir, Scindia said it does not matter who the attackers were but the fact is that they have attacked not only a teacher but a parent also. 

He said Indian culture has a glorious past and is respected worldwide, but incidents like this could tarnish the image.  Singh also addressed the public meeting.   Sabharawal’s widow and son Himanshu acquainted Scindia about the steps that are being taken by them to get justice.

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