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An undeclared emergency at UoH


Tension spreads at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) as violence took place on the arrival of the Vice – Chancellor, Appa Rao Podile. The UoH turned into a battleground on Tuesday morning as angry students protested at the Vice-Chancellor’s office after learning about Prof. P. Appa Rao had resumed duty in the aftermath of suicide of Rohith Vemula.

Students vandalised the official residence  of UoH vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile and police had to lathi charge a group of students during their protest against him resuming charge after a two-month leave in the wake of suicide by Rohit Vemula on January 17. But it was not the protesting students who vandalised the residence, it was the bunch of ABVP cadres who did so.

Nearly 44 students are treated for injuries including girls, complained of injuries they sustained in the lathi-charge at the health centre at the University of Hyderabad. A total of 34 students were rushed to the varsity’s Health Centre, while another 10 were sent to a private hospital, including one student who sustained severe head injuries.

Uday Bhanu, a student complained that the Police dragged him out after he was found cooking food at the open. He was let-off only after several students got into an argument with the cops, who were present in large numbers on the campus.

The canteen was closed since two days leaving no alternative for food the the students and staff. Excessive force were used against students and teaching faculty of the University. Many progressive students organisations such as SIO Telangana had distributed free food since 2 days to all the students and faculty. JNUSU President Mr Kanhaiya Kumar was stopped from entering the campus of HCU fearing that it would stir the momentum of revolt from students. Many of the teaching faculty are on strike and refuse to resume to their work as they faces the brutality of the police personnel.

One of the students narrate the police brutality on the protesting students. Video courtesy via Justice for Rohith.