Vinoba Bhave University vice chancellor Ravindra Nath Bhagat on Sunday termed as “unfortunate” the incident of a lecturer being thrashed in University Law College and called for a detailed probe.
Bhagat, who could not be reached for a comment on Saturday after a group of around 60-70 students thrashed Rajiv Ranjan for allegedly trying to molest a girl, said the entire episode was politically motivated. Rajiv Ranjan had been arrested and produced before a court on Saturday by Sadar police where he managed to procure bail.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Sunday, Bhagat said it was surprising that the girl chose to sit on the incident for so long and the only complaint from her came on August 16, a good four months after the alleged molestation attempt.
“We will conduct a probe into the incident. If Ranjan’s innocence is proved he will be reinstated,” Bhagat said.
Ranjan’s family, however, refused to believe that he could “misbehave” with a girl. “His wife is a judicial officer in Odisha and his father is a police inspector. Besides this, his sister is an MBBS and his brother a police sub-inspector. The reputation of his family is impeccable,” a source said.
Ranjan’s father Chandrama Singh turned the whole incident as a “conspiracy” hatched against his son by some students.