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Assault on University Professor: FIR lodged against 3 students, dozen others identified for ‘framing’ professor

The professor was found in an allegedly compromising position with a girl student.

A day after an assistant professor of the Allahabad University (AU) was beaten up and paraded partially clad from his house to the police station after being found in an allegedly compromising position with a girl student, the police identified at least a dozen students for being involved in the incident and lodged an FIR against three students on the complaint of the professor.

“An FIR under various IPC sections has been registered on the assistant professor’s complaint. We have identified at least 12 student leaders involved in the incident. They will be booked under the Gangster Act too,” said Inspector (Colonelganj), Vijay Pratap Singh.

The police added that there were clear indications that the girl, who was found in the company of assistant professor at his home, had been sent by the students, who indulged in the ruckus, in a bid to frame the professor.

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Though the girl, a post-graduate student of music had registered an FIR against the assistant professor Dharampal, she had also written that she had done so at the behest of some student leaders.

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“There are clear indications that the girl was planted by the student leaders to create a scene. The girl has already given in writing that she was doing it at the behest of some students,” said Circle Officer (Colonelganj) Virendra Singh.

Meanwhile, AU has initiated an inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a visually-impaired post-graduate student against the same assistant professor, who teaches music. The committee, led by the Women’s Advisory Board’s chairperson Professor Ranjana Kakkar, recorded the victim’s statement on Friday. The inquiry is supposed to be completed in two weeks’ time.

Confirming that Thursday’s case would have no bearing on this particular inquiry, Professor Kakkar said they had received no written complaint with regard to this incident, which took place outside the university premises and is beyond their “scope of inquiry”.

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