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Patna teachers protest colleague's murder

Teachers demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the murder of their colleague the day before.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 11:47 IST

Hundreds of Patna University teachers went on mass leave and staged a silent sit-in on Monday demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the murder of their colleague the day before.

History professor Dr Papiya Ghosh, 53, and her 70-year-old domestic help were found stabbed to death in her home in the city's posh Pataliputra Colony. She lived only a few yards away from Bihar Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah and not too far away from the police station.

Teachers of the university said they would be on leave and stage a silent protest from 10 am to 4 pm in the university premises to express their anger.

Patna University Teachers' Association (PUTA) president UK Sinha said: "She was a non-controversial woman and a good teacher. There was something else behind the murder, we would like to know the truth behind it."

Besides a CBI investigation, the teachers are also demanding Rs2.5 million as compensation for the family of the victims and have threatened to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not fulfilled soon.

They urged the state government to provide adequate security to university teachers.

Leader of opposition Rabri Devi has also demanded a CBI probe into the twin murders saying that it "again showed the failures of the state government on the law and order front".

Her husband and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad added: "Professor Papiya Ghosh's murder suggests that people are not safe inside their house, what to talk about outside."

Ghosh's Maruti car, a computer, an air-conditioner and some valuables were taken away from her house indicating robbery as motive behind the twin murders.

The professor, a single woman, was killed a day after she was informed by New Delhi based publishers Routledge Publication that the paperback edition of her book Partition and South Asian Diaspora would hit the market soon.

She was the daughter of UK Ghosh, an ICS officer. She is survived by three sisters—two abroad and one, Tuktuk Ghosh, who is an Indian Administrative Service officer, posted in New Delhi.

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 11:47 IST