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VC shot at Guru Granth Sahib World University

Dr. Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia, vice-chancellor of newly established Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, located in Punjab was shot through the jaw on August 1, 2011 afternoon. According to an eye-witness the attacker wearing a blue turban called “VC Sahib” in the porch of the main entrance to the university at around 3.30 pm; Dr. Ahluwalia looked back and was shot immediately.

Police were unable to find the whereabouts of the assailant or the motive behind the attack. However, the police have ruled out the hand of a terrorist group. Earlier, some radical Sikh groups had been miffed by the appointment of Ahluwalia, who had faced — and had been acquitted in — two separate cases of corruption and sexual harassment during an earlier assignment several years ago. The Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University was opened by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on July 25.

The 75-year-old Ahluwalia was rushed to PGI Emergency. Amarjit Singh Ghuman, DSP, Fatehgarh Sahib, who visited the hospital, said doctors had told him that the bullet was lodged in the lower right jaw. The VC’s condition, Ghuman said, was “critical but stable.”

Ranbir Singh Khatra, SSP Fategarh Sahib, said, “Ahluwalia was giving instructions to staff members near the gate close to the reception when an unidentified Sikh man wearing a blue turban and a flowing beard came over and fired three shots from a pistol. He then ran towards the gate, snatched a motorcycle and fled.”

DIG, Ludhiana Range, M F Farooqui said police were working on certain leads.Ahluwalia has been surrounded with controversies in his earlier assignments.

In February 2002, as VC of Punjabi University, Patiala, a case was registered against Ahluwalia after a postgraduate student alleged that he had forced her to keep quiet about sexual harassment taking place at the university’s department of fine arts.

In April that year, a separate case of corruption and forgery was registered against him. The then Congress government removed him as VC, but Ahluwalia was subsequently acquitted by courts in both cases.A police officer said Ahluwalia faced no threat and had not been provided with armed security. Police sealed the campus following the incident.

Avtar Singh Makkar, chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee said he was “shocked” by the news. Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh described the attack as a “reprehensible act that must be condemned by one and all.”

[Source: Indian Express]

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