MP College Professor Hospitalised After Brutal Assault By Former Students

New Delhi: A group of former students of a Madhya Pradesh college allegedly put chilli powder in the professor’s eyes and beat him up with rods till he fell unconscious.  The incident took place in the Government Jaywanti Haksar (JH) College on Friday afternoon. An attempt to murder case has been registered and efforts are on to nab the accused, Betul Superintendent of Police Nischal Jharia said, according the News18.

The victim, Neeraj Dhakad, is an assistant professor at the college. After the assault, he has been referred to Bhopal for advanced treatment as his condition is serious.

According to eyewitnesses, one of the accused, Annu Thakur, and 5-7 of his associates allegedly threw chilli powder into Dhakad’s eyes and then beat him. Nobody came to the victim’s rescue and he was rushed to a nearby hospital after the accused left, college sources told PTI.

A CCTV footage of the incident also emerged showing the accused with their faces covered and carrying sticks while approaching Dhakad’s room. Kotwali police station in-charge Devkaran Deharia said a case had been registered against Annu Thakur and his associates, adding they would be arrested soon.

In his complaint, Dhakad said he was sitting in the Sanskrit department when five youths came, threw chilli powder in his eyes and rained at least 10 blows on his head with rods, apart from fracturing his hands and legs, a police official informed. JH College Janbhagidari Samiti president Ghanshyam Madaan claimed the accused were not students of the college.

“I was informed that 5-6 persons have attacked the professor and hit him with rods. They tried to kill him. Though the cause behind the assault is not clear, someone told me that sometime back a few students were trying to run away after snatching his seal and manhandling him. He prevented them from doing so,” Madaan was quoted as saying by PTI.

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