Thakur awaits word on assault of UG lecturer
Stabroek News
July 8, 2004

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Director of the University of Guyana's (UG) Berbice Campus, Dr PS Thakur said on Tuesday that he has not yet received any communication from UG's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Al Creighton on the alleged assault of a lecturer by a driver.

He added that the driver embroiled in the assault allegations is to appear at the Whim Magistrate's Court on July 19.

Allegations are that on May 29, a driver of the university's Tain Campus assaulted Dr Ravi Sahu, a lecturer in the Political Science Department and an Indian National.

Speaking to Stabroek News last month, Creighton said the university was in the process of taking the necessary action according to its procedures.

In a press statement sent to this newspaper, Thakur related the incident and accused Creighton of not addressing the matter promptly.

According to the document that Thakur sent, the lecturer said that the assault was both verbal and physical and that he reported the matter to the Police, after which two officers came and took statements.

Speaking to Stabroek News on June 22, Dr Thakur said that no one had seen the alleged physical assault. He said the driver and Dr Sahu were in a heated exchange of words and that the driver had cursed him. But, as far as he knows, there was no physical assault. Creighton also said that he did not hear of evidence to suggest that the assault might have been physical.

According to Creighton, there was no need for the police to be involved in the matter, since the university had mechanisms to deal with such instances. Efforts to reach Creighton for an update on the university's position on the issue were unsuccessful.