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Protests gather momentum over Prof?s death

THE OUTCRY against Ujjain incident today gathered further steam with the National Students Union of India (NSUI) burning effigies of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at all district headquarters to protest against the ?apathetic attitude? of the State Government.

india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 14:52 IST

THE OUTCRY against Ujjain incident today gathered further steam with the National Students Union of India (NSUI) burning effigies of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at all district headquarters to protest against the ‘apathetic attitude’ of the State Government.

A section of colleges in the State capital were also closed down on Tuesday by the local unit of NSUI to protest against the ‘murder’ of Prof H S Sabharwal in Ujjain during student union elections, allegedly by the ABVP activists.

The Government College Teachers’ Association decided to wear black badges to work for three days starting Tuesday. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) meanwhile sent a fax to Chouhan demanding an in-depth inquiry into seven points related to the Ujjain incident.

The ABVP, while strongly condemning the killing of Prof Sabharwal, said that it was being deliberately implicated in the matter and a detailed inquiry would bring truth to fore.

The MP council of the Communist Party of India (CPI) also demanded a high-level judicial inquiry into the incident, expressing apprehension that magisterial inquiry might not bring justice owing to pressure from administration.

Expressing resentment at the fact that case of murder has yet not been registered against the ABVP workers allegedly involved in killing of Prof Sabharwal, the NSUI units at all district headquarters today burnt effigies of the Chief Minister on the appeal of State NSUI president Hemant Wagadre.

NSUI State spokesman Syed Jafar said that despite clear evidences, the police had not registered case against ABVP workers owing to the pressure from the State Government. Also, some senior ministers and the CM had given clean chit to the ABVP, which was condemnable, he added.

At Bhopal, the effigy was burnt in front of the State headquarters of the Congress Committee at Indira Bhavan. The NSUI workers also held a road blockade for some time on the Link Road Number 1 as the police tried to prevent the burning of effigy. The NSUI decided to conduct its agitation/protest under the aegis of the MP Pradesh Congress, Jafar said.

Colleges closed
Some of the colleges in Bhopal, including the BHEL College, BSSS, Navin College, MVM College, MLB College, Hamidia College, Geetanjali College and others, were closed down today by the local unit of the NSUI as part of the protest against the Ujjain incident. Condolence meetings were also held at most of these colleges.

ABVP shoots letter
The ABVP faxed a seven-point demand to the Chief Minister’s office so as to bring the ‘truth’ to fore. The demand letter was submitted by state secretary Bharat Parakh and organising secretary Surendra Sharma.

The points on which the inquiry was demanded included – why the in-charge principal cancelled the elections at Madhav College, why was Prof Sabharwal – who was a heart patient – selected for the sensitive duty, did Prof Sabharwal complain of chest pain two hours before elections and asked leave to go home,

how did hundreds of Congressmen enter the college premises when entry was only through student I-card, since the ABVP delegation had already left and the Congressmen were present during the incident of attack on the professor, the role of Congress should be inquired into, when the peon of college had registered FIR against unidentified persons why was ABVP’s name involved and why weren’t the Congress workers who created ruckus at Ujjain during entire day of the incident.

CPI criticises
The State secretary of the CPI Mahendra Bajpai said that the BJP and the RSS organisations had created an atmosphere of anarchy in the State and the Ujjain incident was the fresh example. The Chief Minister was always found on the defensive against the organisations like Bajrang Dal, ABVP or Sangh Parivar and the inaction on Ujjain incident was pointer to this fact.

MVM teachers
The teachers of the MVM College here today formed a silent human chain outside the college premises to protest the incident. They also held a condolence meeting at the college before this. The teachers also wore black badges at the call of the Government College Teachers’ Association. The State president of the association, Dr Rajendra Raghuvanshi, said that the teachers decided only to wear black badges to work as protest and not resort to any agitation.
College participated in the march.

In the memorandum, Madhav College teachers said that as the keys of both gates of the college were with the police officials present on duty, they must have known whom they had given entry inside the premises.

First Published: Aug 30, 2006 14:52 IST