2 Central university professors arrested for harassing Dalit scholar

TNN | May 21, 2016, 07.32 AM IST

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Ajmer: Two professors of Central University of Rajasthan were arrested on Friday for expelling a Dalit scholar from the university on allegedly bogus charges of remaining absent for more than 15 days without information.

The victim, Umesh Kumar Jonwal, had registered an FIR through a court order in January. He had alleged that he was harassed by the vice-chancellor and four professors because he is a Dalit and did not bribe his research supervisor every month. Police took action after National Schedule Caste Commission issued a notice asking the state’s DGP to appear in person on May 23 with the case’s progress report.

The two professors arrested on Friday are Jagdish Jadhav, head of the department of social work, and associate professor Ateque Ahmed. Jonwal had accused Jadhav, his research supervisor, Ahmed and others on the committee of expelling him from the university because he is a Dalit. He alleged Jadhav had been demanding Rs 10,000 from his fellowship every semester, and produced deposit slips as proof.

 “We have arrested the two professors in the Dalit atrocity case,” confirmed Ajmer SP Nitin Deep Blaggan. Sources said more arrests might follow. “National Schedule Caste Commission had issued a notice to the district police in this matter on May 2 and expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of investigation,” said a police source.

Jonwal alleged the committee issued him three letters of expulsion on three different dates.There are two more FIRs pending against university employees. One of them is against the guide of a maths scholar, Mohit, who committed suicide in his hostel room in the first week of February. A woman employee of the university has registered an FIR against an official alleging physical abuse.

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