Rajasthan varsity VC, officials booked on Dalit researcher’s plaint

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Jaipur, Jan 22 (IANS) The vice chancellor of Central University in Rajasthan and seven other officials have been booked after a Dalit student complained of harassment, police said on Friday.

“We have lodged a first information report against vice chancellor A.K. Pujari and others, including Jagdish Jadhav, R.K. Pardasani, S.N. Ambedkar and Atiq Ahmen, under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code on Thursday evening,” a police official of Bandar Sindri police station told IANS on phone.

The FIR was lodged by research scholar Umesh Kumar Jonwal, who moved a court in Kishangarh. The court directed the Bandar Sindri police station in Ajmer district to lodge the complaint and investigate the matter.

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Police said investigations were underway in the case.

Jonwal alleged that university officials harassed him and expelled him from the university in October last year for remaining absent for 15 days in May 2015.

He said he had submitted a medical certificate regarding his illness that led him to remain absent.

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