Appa Rao responsible for ‘emergency-like’ situation in Hyderabad University: Students’ body

The JAC further alleged that Appa Rao had provided the list of students and professors to be picked up, further stating that Appa Rao conspired with ABVP students.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2016 7:17 pm
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No water, no electricity, no food. Students at the University of Hyderabad suffered 48 hours of an ‘emergency-like’ situation with the students’ mess being non-operational, Internet service down and ATMs out of order.

A heavy police presence on campus and various arrests have forced students to be extra cautious for fear of being “illegally detained”. Students were forced to visit a shopping complex in campus to buy groceries and food items.

“Electricity and mess services were restored this morning, there’s heavy presence of police on campus and they’re filing false cases against students,” Tushar Gadaghe, a student at the University, told The Indian Express.

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While facilities have been restored on Thursday morning, students are still apprehensive. “We do not know if this is going to be stable… when we tried asking them (mess workers) why they left us in a crisis yesterday, they did not answer and refused to meet our eyes,” Vaikhari Aryat, another student posted on Facebook.

Registrar M Sudhakar, however, claims the ‘strike’ by mess workers was to express support for Vice-Chancellor (VC) P Appa Rao.

“Messes, which had been shut down due to the strike by non-teaching staff opened today… they (non-teaching staff) have resumed their duties from today in the larger interest of the university,” HCU Registrar M Sudhakar told PTI.

However, when Uday Bhanu began cooking by the street for students who didn’t have access to food, he was allegedly hit by police officials and later arrested. Bhanu was later admitted to hospital where he is recovering from his injuries.

Around thirty students and faculty members, who were arrested in connection with incidents of vandalism at the VC’s residence as well as charges of stone pelting on police personnel, were sent to judicial remand and are lodged in Cherlapally Central Prison. Students in campus are concerned about the whereabouts of Dontha Prashanth, who students allege was beaten up in police van till it crossed the university gate, post which no details were provided.

The police, however, claims that the situation inside campus is under control. “The situation on the campus is peaceful today,” Gachibowli police inspector J Ramesh told PTI.

In a statement issued, the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice alleged that police, Rapid Action Force (RAF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and other security personnel unleashed a brutal physical and sexual assault on students and teachers, on campus.

“Women students were beaten and grabbed by male police officers. After the forcible eviction from the lodge compound, police chased us for another 2 km, and grabbed and arrested students. Students suffered grievous injuries and were taken to hospitals,” the statement said.

According to the JAC, the phones of several students were confiscated while they were video recording the brutality.

It said 36 students, including three professors were picked up, brutally beaten in a police van, and detained in unknown locations all night.

The JAC further alleged that Appa Rao had provided the list of students and professors to be picked up, further stating that Appa Rao conspired with ABVP students, a section of faculty and non-teaching staff to return to the university and resume duties as the vice-chancellor.

Accused of being the ‘main accused’ in the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, the JAC claimed that Rao returned as vice-chancellor to influence the ongoing judicial inquiry into the suicide.

26-year-old Rohith Vemula, who hanged himself in Hyderabad Central University campus in January, was suspended from his hostel in August last year for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader.

The list below names the students who were arrested by the police.

huc-students arrested

[with inputs from Agencies]

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First Published on: March 24, 2016 4:20 pm
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    Abhinav Gour
    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:15 pm
    Student politics! why we need it!! Only loafers and goons joins student pilitics.
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      Aap
      Mar 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm
      The students will focus more on politics than studies now. Mishandling of situations by authorities.
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        Jim
        Mar 24, 2016 at 12:24 pm
        so why dont they fkking study. why politics?
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          Jim
          Mar 24, 2016 at 12:25 pm
          what is this fkkall thing about police entering campus. police should enter campus and give bambu to these anti-national vandals
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            Jim
            Mar 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm
            why dont you fight the next election in haryana on that premise
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Mar 24, 2016 at 2:14 pm
              Similarly is Rohit Dalit?
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                Chandra Shekar
                Mar 24, 2016 at 12:36 pm
                Sad day for India .It is becoming a Taliban State.
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                  MyTake
                  Mar 25, 2016 at 10:41 am
                  Because they can't get job in a proper way that's why they train for gunda-giri under their worthy masters! That's the only way they can come to power either through backdoor or by breaking the door!
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                    MyTake
                    Mar 25, 2016 at 10:38 am
                    India would have done better giving this money to farmers who work day and night to bring food on the table! Giving vocational training to work in the field/industries could provide a helping hand to those who grow food or creates job! Money is not being spent where the mouth is!
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                      MyTake
                      Mar 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                      Instead of spending resources on such scholars spend it on farmers. Farmers keep the food on the table for all although they are not "scholars". On the other hand what these scholars's contribution to the people is? Nothing compared to farmers!
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                        MyTake
                        Mar 25, 2016 at 8:03 am
                        PM Modi has reduced Congress gift of un-electrified villages from 18000 to 12000 in just 2 year. There is no news on that! On the other hand the "scholars" of India will make sure the number at least stays where it is and this is more charming to bring them into prominence and then into power!
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                          Mytake
                          Mar 24, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                          When the VC's residence is attacked what the VC is supposed to do? Wait to be killed? Is that what the university is teaching the students what and how to "study"?
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                            K SHESHU
                            Mar 24, 2016 at 11:24 am
                            Still..VCis in AC room...!?!
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                              Ahmed Fawaz
                              Mar 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm
                              One wonders what becomes of education minus the awareness. An 'educated' student who is not bothered by the violation of human rights irrespective of borders is at best well 'trained' but surely not 'well educated'. If my tax payment is going towards strengthening the voices which speak for marginalized then am happy paying twice the amount.
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                                anand
                                Mar 24, 2016 at 11:42 am
                                We can wake up some one asleep not if some one chooses not to wake up!!
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                                  arun
                                  Mar 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                                  No govt has ever won a fight with the students in independent India.
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                                    Ashok
                                    Mar 24, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                    Lol! his name is enough to lighten the fire in your a ss!
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                                      Ashok
                                      Mar 24, 2016 at 11:55 am
                                      May be you were not born when there was emergency. people were not killed then for eating beef.. or dictated what to eat what to not...what to say what to not..who are nationalist and who are not...
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                                        Ashok
                                        Mar 24, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                        students are well with time..the problem is that a regime whose mind has not involved after dark ages have taken over the regime!
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                                          Ashok
                                          Mar 24, 2016 at 11:52 am
                                          yeah..everybody knows Sanghis' intellectual capacity! I am replying to Santrupt's post. Either refute my statement of facts or continue or today's copy pasting work or else you will miss your daily wage of Rs. 50/-.
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                                            sandeep
                                            Mar 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm
                                            Let HCU ,JNU be another FTII. Left and congress must be taught lesson .Once for all
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