Ujjain (MP), Aug 31 (PTI) Amidst growing outrage over the death of a professor after being allegedly manhandled during college elections here, police today arrested top ABVP leaders Shashiranjan Akela and Vimal Tomar and charged them for his murder.
Akela and Tomar, president and secretary respectively of the state unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, were remanded to police custody till September 2 by the judicial magistrate's court here.
They had yesterday surrendered to police in connection with the alleged manhandling of professor M L Nath on August 26 during student union polls at Madhav College that were cancelled following complaints of irregularities.
Akela and Tomar were formally arrested today by the CID for the murder of another professor, H S Sabharwal, who died shortly after the attack by students. They were booked for Sabharwal's killing under Section 302 (murder) of IPC, police said.
The two ABVP leaders were shown by TV channels threatening Nath after the elections were cancelled. Police said the other accused in the case were yet to be identified.
The FIR on Sabharwal's death was filed on the basis of a complaint by college peon Komal Singh Sengar. Apart from the murder case, police have booked students for manhandling and throwing mud at Nath and for arson and violence.
Akela, Tomar and Sanjeev Jain, a worker of NCP's Disha Kisaan Sangathan, were among eight persons arrested for the attack on Nath. Five of them have been released on bail.
A total of 23 NSUI workers were also arrested for arson and violence at the college. They were released today on bail after paying a surety of Rs 10,000 each.
ABVP secretary Surendra Sharma said the organisation would launch a agitation against the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh from tomorrow to protest the arrests of Akela and Tomar. He claimed NSUI workers were involved in the incident.
"The police, under pressure from the Centre, have falsely implicated our leaders. Even the media wrongly protrayed the incident," Sharma told reporters.
Meanwhile, Sabharwal's son Himanshu described as an "eyewash" the probe into his father's death. He said he had sent a petition to President A P J Abdul Kalam and planned to move the Supreme Court with a plea for justice.
After debating for some time on whether his father's death was a murder, police officials had been "forced" to book the ABVP leaders for the crime, Himanshu said.
"The chief minister said it was an accident. Now they have been forced to book these guys (for murder). What happened overnight to change their minds?" Himanshu told PTI.
"The principal of Madhav College gave a list of persons who were involved in the incident. Why haven't they been arrested?"
The Congress has accused Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of sheltering those responsible for Sabharwal's death and demanded his resignation.
"Chouhan should resign as chief minister for sheltering those responsible for killing Sabharwal," state Congress general secretary Manak Agrawal told reporters.
Two ABVP leaders arrested for Ujjain professor's murder
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