The Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) organised a protest outside Hyderabad Central University demanding arrest of Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao.
Fears aroused as activists sat at the front gate shouting out slogans against the Central Government and the Vice- Chancellor. The demanded the release of the arrested students and faculty member alongside demanding justice for the Dalits.
Due to the row the campus remained closed for ‘outsiders’ due to which the security halted the protesters at the main gate.
The protesters blamed Appa Rao for the suicide of Rohith Vemula in January who was a Dalit research scholar, and the arrest of students and faculty member. In return they demanded the arrest of the Vice Chancellor.
HCU campus grounds welcomed the return of Appa Rao as Vice Chancellor with violent protests on March 22nd. He had taken leave since January after he was blamed for the suicide of Rohith in the FIR.
The students raided the Vice Chancellor’s bungalow leading to the arrest of 24 students and 2 faculty members and used force to scatter the mob.
On March 23rd, the university authorities shut down the mess, cut off the supply of drinking water and denied basic amenities in order to curb the protest.
Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, a conclave of 14 students’ organisations, has alleged that the students and faculty members in police custody were beaten up.
Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that there was “an emergency like situation” in the University of Hyderabad, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to the human resources development ministry, Telangana government and Hyderabad police commissioner.