Prof's murder | Witness gets protection

Komal Singh Sengar claims he is being "pressurised" to retract his complaint.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 02:18 IST

Police on Friday enhanced security for a key witness to the assault of professor HS Sabharwal, who died following violence in student union elections, and provided guards to another witness even as one more person was arrested for rioting during the polls last week.

The security cover for Komal Singh Sengar, a peon of Madhav College, was enhanced with the deployment of three more guards. Sengar, who was earlier provided two guards, claimed he was being "pressurised" to retract his complaint that led to the arrest of two top ABVP leaders for Sabharwal's alleged murder.

Police also provided protection to another peon, Manohar Singh Dodia, who said he had witnessed Sabharwal being assaulted by a group of ABVP workers after the student union elections in the college were cancelled on August 26 following allegations of irregularities.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leaders Shariranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar were on Thursday arrested and remanded to police custody.

Sengar said he had identified four persons who were part of the group that mobbed Sabharwal from photos shown to him by the police. Two of these persons had been arrested, he said at his home in Ujjain.

He, however, said he did not know if the four persons he had identified had actually assaulted Sabharwal.

Both Sengar and Dodia said they were determined to testify in court regarding the assault on Sabharwal and would not be cowed down by threats.

Meanwhile, police arrested an NSUI worker for rioting during the college elections. Twenty-three NSUI workers were earlier arrested on a similar charge and set free on bail on Thursday.

First Published: Sep 01, 2006 18:50 IST