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IIT scholar held for child abuseTIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, MARCH 03, 2005 11:25:56 PM ]
KOLKATA: An IIT Kharagpur research scholar was arrested late on Wednesday night for sexually abusing minor children. The incident — barely months after the arrest of MMS scandal accused Ravi Raj and days before IIT Kharagpur's annual convocation — has left the hallowed institute shocked. The research scholar, Iqbal P. Mohammad, has been suspended. IIT Kharagpur director S.K. Dube said, "It was the children's parents who caught him red-handed. He was handed over to the police immediately. On our part, we suspended him. Since the police investigation is pending, we could not have done more." Iqbal, a lecturer of Kerala college, had joined IIT's Cryogenic Engineering department for a Ph. programme. He had room for himself at the Zakir Hussain residential hostel — the only hostel in IIT which allows research scholars to reside with their families. Iqbal, however, stayed alone. Iqbal, sources said, was enrolled in a prestigious programme called the Quality Improvement Programme. QIP is a national programme of the HRD ministry for providing higher education opportunities to the teachers engineering colleges. Iqbal was at his room when a woman saw him sexually abusing her child. She then summoned others (several families stay there) and together they caught Iqbal in the act. The matter, locals said, caused a furore. Iqbal was then paraded in front the nearby police outpost (on IIT campus). The matter was brought to the notice of the IIT and police top brass. Iqbal was arrested for unnatural sex and produced in a Kharagpur court on Thursday morning after which he was remanded in judicial custody.
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