The JAC of University of Hyderabad has asked me to come to address a public meeting on the university campus, and that’s why I am here,” said JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar on landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Wednesday morning.
“If I am allowed to enter the campus and speak, then I will address the gathering. If the police deny us permission I will speak outside the campus gate,” said a determined Kanhaiya to reporters at the airport.
“The campus campaign is to ensure social justice. I will meet Rohith Vemula’s mother and his brother and chalk out an action plan,” he said.
As a tense standoff persisted on the UoH campus, Left party members who are overseeing the arrangements of Kanhaiya’s meeting and movements, are mulling alternative plans if Kanhaiya’s meeting plan is scuppered. One of the alternatives is a press conference, according to sources.
Violence on campus
Nearly 44 students are treated for injuries at the health centre of the University of Hyderabad in the aftermath of police lathi charge on students sitting on the lawns in front of the VC’s Lodge on Tuesday. The students were protesting the return of Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao, who was on leave for nearly two months following the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula. The students ransacked the furniture in the office of the Vice-Chancellor soon after he resumed office on Tuesday. A total of 10 students have been sent to private hospitals for treatment of their injuries, according to sources in the varsity .