Expressing “deep pain” at the death of Prof H S Sabharwal in violence allegedly by ABVP activists in an Ujjain College, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday strongly disapproved of the "disrespectful" behaviour towards teachers by students and some anti-social elements pretending to be students.
"I was deeply pained when I heard of the death of a teacher last week in Ujjain at the hands of unruly students," he said without naming Prof Sabharwal who died last week after allegedly being attacked by ABVP activists.
"I am also pained by incidents of disrespectful behaviour by students and some anti-social elements who pretend to be students," he said apparently referring to the threats given by ABVP leaders to another professor of the college.
Meanwhile Professor Sabharwal’s son Himanshu Sabharwal, today petitioned today petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to his father's death.
"We want the state government to hand over the case to the CBI for a fair probe as we have no faith in the local administration," Himanshu Sabharwal told reporters here after filing the petition with the Commission.
He claimed that his request to transfer the case to the Central investigating agency had been rejected by the state government. "We have also asked NHRC to issue notices to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, sub-divisional magsitrate and police officials present at the time of the incident for encouraging violence and tampering with evidence," Himanshu said.
Media should also be made respondent in the case for being witness to the incident, he added. The aggrieved son has also written to President A P J Abdul Kalam, seeking his intervention in the matter. Alleging apathy by the state government and the police, Himanshu said he was yet to get documents such as post-mortem report and medico-legal certificate (MLC), in the absence of which he was unable to approach the Supreme Court.
Himanshu met Governor Balram Jakhar and leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi after he returned from Delhi. On the other hand the ABVP workers staged a hunger strike here demanding withdrawal of false cases instituted by Madhya Pradesh government against its leaders in the case pertaining to death of Prof H S Sabharwal in violence during college union elections in Ujjain. ABVP activists led by Bharat Pareikh, staged the daylong hunger strike in front of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence.
ABVP on Monday relieved Shashiranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar as the State unit president and Ujjain district organising secretary.
CM meets Jakhar
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday apprised Governor Balram Jakhar of the progress in the probe into the Ujjain incident. According to Raj Bhavan sources, Chouhan presented details of the steps taken after the violence.
Cong bandh today
Congress geared up to ensure the State-bandh called on Teachers’ Day on Tuesday is a big success. Congress has called for a State-wide bandh on September 5 to protest against the death of Prof H S Sabharwal.