Protest outside Stephen's College
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Scores of students, teachers and women rights activists on Monday (July 6) took to the streets protesting against the alleged molestation of a research scholar at St Stephen's College and the principal's attempts to hush up the issue. Even as the college principal Valson Thampu has demanded a CBI probe into the issue alleging that "the victim is being used against him", the protestors demanded that he be removed from office pending an enquiry against him. A section of Delhi University students and teachers along with student bodies including All India Students' Association and Students Federation of India, staged a protest outside the college campus.
Congress on Monday (July 6)stepped up its attack on Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam, saying he should be sacked to allow an impartial probe and that he cannot escape responsibility for the "45 deaths" connected to it. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the opposition party said he should explain and take moral responsibility for the events. "Shivraj Singh Chouhan should be sacked and an impartial probe should be done in the Vyapam scam," Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said in Delhi. "Between Dec 2008 to March 2012, Shivraj Singh Chouhan was Medical Education Minister in MP as he held the portfolio himself," he added. He alleged that, "Around 800 accused involved in the scam are still at large" and noted that "yesterday the MP CM had rejected the demand for Supreme Court monitored CBI probe saying HC is investigating matter."
Stepping up its attack, Congress on Monday (July 6) said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan cannot escape responsibility for the "45 deaths" connected to Vyapam scam and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take "moral responsibility". "The Chief Minister cannot be spared. He should take responsibility," Congress spokesperson P C Chacko said in Delhi. His comments came after Dean of a medical college in Madhya Pradesh involved in Vyapam scam probe was found dead in a Delhi hotel yesterday in the second mysterious death in the scandal in as many days, adding yet another murky twist to the case.
BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao on Monday (July 6) said that the Dean of the Jabalpur Medical College, Dr Arun Sharma's death should be considered completely natural and not related to Vyapam issue. "The death of the Dean from Jabalpur is unnecessarily been linked to the Vyapam issue. He was in Delhi on some work assigned to him by the Medical Council of India. He was already suffering from a heart ailment and other health problems and his family members have also given details of his health conditions," he stated.
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