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Hyderabad,ARADHNA WAL: Faculty members of Hyderabad Central University who visited their students and colleagues under arrest came away saying “the jail is better than the campus, as there is food and water.”
Twenty five students and two professors are in jail in Hyderabad on charges such as rioting, voluntarily causing hurt, arrested after the campus protested the return of vice-chancellor Podile Apparao. The protest was brutally cracked down on by the police as they lathi charged students and teachers, and the administration shut off access to food, water, electricity, WiFi and ATMs for two days.
Karthik Bittu Kondaiah, one of the faculty members who visited the students told dna that all 27 are “safer in their cells, as they had been beaten in the police vans and in the station. They’re holding classes and debates among themselves.”
He added that most of the students arrested on charges of rioting are not even politically engaged ones, they had been bystanders filming the police lathicharge on campus. Similarly, an independent filmmaker Moses Tulasi, who, according to Bittu, has no affiliation with the university, was also picked up when he filmed the protest.
Apparao had been absent from campus till 22 March, as the students held him responsible for the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula that sparked off the nationwide Justice for Rohith movement, and shed light on caste discrimination in higher education. Apparao has a case filed against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, for his alleged role in Vemula’s suicide.
HCU administration found itself subject to further ire as Amnesty India issued a statement, Friday, against “the police crackdown on peacefully protesting University of Hyderabad (UoH) students and faculty” and demanded their immediate release. The National Human Rights Commission, too, shot off notices to the Union HRD secretary, Chief Secretary, Telangana, and the Police Commissioner Hyderabad “over reports of emergency like situation” at the university.