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JNU professor ‘abducted, assaulted’ after traffic dispute escalates

Sharad Baviskar, a lecturer at JNU, was heading to college on Friday night when he met with a car accident. Those involved then allegedly took Baviskar out of his car and kidnapped him.

Sharad Baviskar has filed a police complaint on June 18, 2022. On his complaint, a case FIR under Indian Penal Code sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 392 (robbery), and 34 (common intention) has been registered at Naraina police station, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Ghanshyam Bansal.

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“Teams have been assigned to discover clues and track down the culprit as soon as possible,” said Ghanshyam Bansal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West). The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) has declared its support for the associate professor as well.

The JNUTA said in a statement on Saturday that the professor was subjected to a “prolonged brutal assault” during the night of June 17-18, 2022. The incident is said to have started with a traffic argument. “Professor Baviskar (who was driving alone in his car) was kidnapped by a gang of miscreants after he proposed that the dispute be taken to the police station,” according to the statement. “He was detained and transferred to a house in Delhi, where he was imprisoned for over three hours.” He was subjected to verbal abuse, physical violence, threats, and financial extortion while he tried to negotiate with his kidnappers to rescue him, according to the Teachers Association.

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