It’s been over a month since the controversial Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s death, protesting students of Hyderabad Central University have been completely stranded on the campus. The students allegedly have their internet shut down, there’s no drinking water or food available in the mess for the last 24 hours. This is how the whole incident unfolded as shot by a student on the ground…
The said situation arose after the university students protested the resumption of duty taken up by Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile who was earlier last month blamed for the ‘institutional killing’ of Vemula.
On Tuesday, students protested when Podile resumed charge, two months after he went on leave following Vemula’s suicide. The Hyderabad/Telangana Police have thereafter arrested 27 people, including two faculty members, for vandalising the office and residence of Podile. The last known location according to our sources at HCU, these arrests have been made to Chandanagar Police Station and some of them being tracked to Miyapur PS.
Another 100 were booked after Tuesday’s protests and around 750 non-teaching staff members have refused to perform their duties after police resorted to lathi-charging the protesters. Classes have been suspended at the university till March 27.
In a letter to the Hyderabad Commissioner of Police ( Below ), the Registrar M Sudhakar have requested him to bar outsiders from entering the campus. On Wednesday morning, journalists and politicians who turned up at the university were not allowed to enter the campus.
As can be seen the with the below statuses on Facebook we can probably fathom the atrocity of the whole incident..
Here’s hoping that the stupidity ensuing at HCU finally takes a more peaceful and sensible path, one which can