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No shield for Ujjain guilty, says Chouhan

THE GOVERNMENT will not shield those involved in Saturday?s Ujjain college violence leading to the death of a professor, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 12:12 IST

THE GOVERNMENT will not shield those involved in Saturday’s Ujjain college violence leading to the death of a professor, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said here on Sunday.

Stern action will be taken against those found guilty in the Government Madhav Arts and Commerce incident, he told reporters at his residence.

The CM said the magisterial inquiry would make it clear as to who were involved in the Ujjain incident. If anybody from the deceased professor’s family is willing for a job, the government will consider it, Chouhan said.

Denying that the Ujjain incident reflects a general pattern of violence in college elections, he however said the government would like to initiate a debate on whether students’ union polls should be held or not.

Ujjain college violence is an isolated incident and this should not lead to the conclusion that students’ union elections are afflicted with a malaise, the CM said.

Asked about police inaction against ABVP activists, he said the law would take its own course. The government would not be biased and the guilty irrespective of their organizational affiliations would be brought to book.

He said police would continue their parallel investigation since three FIRs, including one under section 302 of IPC, have been filed. One person has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Replying to a question he said there was no rationality in not allowing college elections on party lines. Every party has its students’ wing that takes part in elections. What should be debated, he said, was whether elections should be held or not.

Asked about the Centre’s assistance to the State for flood relief, he said the State had been given Rs 100 crore as its share in the CRF. A Central team would visit the State to assess the loss due to rains and flood. According an assessment of the state government, 86000 houses had been damaged. The State would demand a special package by writing to the Prime Minister and the Union ninisters concerned, Chouhan said.

NSUI: Book ABVP men for Professor murder
THE NATIONAL Students Union of India (NSUI) held a demonstration at Roshanpura Square in the City on Sunday to protest the incident that led to the death of Professor H S Sabharwal and hospitalisation of other in Ujjain on Saturday and the alleged involvement of the ABVP in the incident.

The NSUI is demanding that a case of murder be registered against the ABVP activists, who were named in the case of abuse of the other teacher Prof M L Nath.

A delegation of the NSUI led by state president Hemant Wagadre later met Governor Balram Jakhar and urged him to take steps to ensure that the guilty were punished.

Expressing apprehension that the ABVP might try to implicate the NSUI in the matter, the delegation also urged the Governor to keep watch on the situation in this respect.

The Governor assured the delegation that he would take proper action in the matter, NSUI State spokesman Syed Jafar said.
Jafar said the if ABVP activists could be named in physical assault of one of the teachers, it is obvious that the same activists would be involved in the alleged murder of Prof Sabharwal as both the incidents were simultaneous.

The fact that police registered case against unknown persons in the murder case shows that the administration is trying to protect the culprits. The ABVP also alleged that some senior leaders and ministers were trying to shield the ABVP

During today’s demonstration, former union minister Kantilal Bhuria, State Congress spokesman Manak Agrawal, NSUI’s Mukesh Gajbhiye and Monu Saxena were prominently present.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 12:12 IST