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Governor wants impartial inquiry

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 20:45 IST
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Madhya Pradesh Governor Balram Jakhar has asked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take prompt action against the guilty in the Ujjain professor murder case, officials said on Saturday.

Professor HS Sabharwal, who taught at the Madhav College in the temple town of Ujjain, 190 kms from Bhopal, died 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 for a day.

Expressing grief on the death of the professor, Jakhar asked the chief minister to ensure that the administration fulfilled its responsibility in an impartial way.

Chouhan had earlier drawn flak from the opposition parties for describing the incident as an "accident".

Another professor ML Nath was also attacked and his face blackened by the agitating students.

After intense pressure, the government had instituted a CID inquiry but refused to hand over the case to the CBI as demanded by the victim's son Himanshu, the teachers community and the opposition.

The government suspended City Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh and two town inspectors, YP Singh and Yashwant, posted at the college, for failing to maintain law and order.

The opposition Congress, which staged a sit-in at the Governor House, has called for a statewide shutdown on Teachers Day (Sep 5) to protest the death of Sabharwal.

ABVP's state president Shashi Ranjan Singh Akela and its organising secretary Vimal Tomar were among the 34 people held. Akela and Tomar had initially surrendered to the police on August 30 in connection with the arson and violence and alleged manhandling of Nath.

Later they were formally arrested by the CID and booked for the murder of Sabharwal.

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