By YKA Staff:
‘Emergency-like situation’ is the phrase being used to describe the state of Hyderabad Central University currently as students sit on an indefinite protest in the campus premises.
Tensions resurfaced in the University after the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile resumed charge on March 22. Podile had left for an indefinite leave soon after protests erupted in many cities against the MHRD and the vice chancellor over the death of Rohith Vemula, one of the five Dalit students suspended from the University over an alleged tussle with members of ABVP.
Many videos which have emerged from within the campus show the police lathi-charging and manhandling the student protesters as they raised slogans against the VC. According to some reports, 36 students and 3 faculty members were allegedly beaten up and have been detained in an undisclosed location. Such action by the police has received flak on social media as many videos, photos and posters are doing the rounds demanding justice for Rohith Vemula and freedom for the detained students and faculty members.
Electricity and water supply were allegedly cut off, apart from shutting down the mess and obstructing Internet access in the University. While the facilities have been restored, the students still remain apprehensive and University authorities seem unrelenting on their decision to keep Prof. Podile as the Vice-Chancellor.
A march to National Human Rights Commission has been called on March 28th from the JNU Students’ Union against Prof. Podile’s return, slapping of non-bailable charges on students and faculty members and the heavy deployment of the police personnel in the campus.
The following photographs show a glimpse of the scenario at the Hyderabad Central University till 24th March.
Photos from University of Hyderabad Students Media Group curated by Yamini Maggo.
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