University of Hyderabad VC Appa Rao Podile resumed charge amid the protests from the students who interrupted his media conference and vandalised his office. Rao had been on a long leave after the student agitation over the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohit Vemula.
Rao’s return created mayhem in the campus as the students ransacked his residence. They barged into the VC’s lodge, smashed doors and broke window panes, protesting against his resumption as VC. A section of faculties also joined the students in the protest.
Police lathi charged the students to handle the bedlam, which caused many students as well as cops got injured. Cops dragged female students and teachers mercilessly while protesters raised slogans and refused to leave the lodge premises. Police has taken about 30 students and 3 faculty members into their custody.
Appa Rao is one of the accused in the case registered by the Cyberabad police, in connection with Rohith Vemula’s suicide. Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and three others were also there in the list of accused along with Rao.
The protesters deny the allegations of media and police that they vandalised Rao’s residence. Vaikhari Aryat, a research scholar and Dalit feminist alleged that it was ABVP students who created the turmoil by defending the VC.
“We condemn the malicious lie spread by media that protesters vandalized VC’s lodge. It was ABVP which barricaded VC’s lodge from rest of the students with furniture and created unnecessary tensions shouting ‘bharat mata ki jai’ at us while protecting the VC” Vaikhari wrote in her Facebook post.
Non-teaching staff union has decided to support the VC and boycotted their duties from Tuesday afternoon. This made another miserable condition for the students, as the 14 canteens in the campus were shut down. Internet is not available already in the campus.
University of Hyderabad is going to be in the news again in the news scenario of conflicts between the students and the administration.