Following the unrest in Hyderabad Central University, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notices to Secretary, Ministry of HRD, Chief Secretary, Govt of Telangana and Police Commissioner, Hyderabad seeking reports in the matter within a week.
“NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that there is an emergency like situation in Hyderabad University and there is no water, electricity, food, internet services and ATMs are out of order. Reportedly, there is heavy police presence in the Campus. The University students are under immense fear and trauma due to indiscriminate arrests of about 25 students and 2 faculty members,” it said in a statement.
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On Thursday the police booked 27 students and two faculty members of HCU for allegedly indulging in Tuesday’s vandalism at the office and residence of Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao. Among the students who have been booked are Mudavath Venkatesh Chauhan of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice and Dontha Prashant, a close friend of Rohith Vemula, who was expelled from the hostel along with Vemula and three others for allegedly assaulting ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.
The family of deceased dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the Congress also demanded the immediate release of 25 students and two faculty members of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) arrested in connection with the violence at the campus.
“We demand immediate and unconditional release of all those who were arrested and sent to jail, and withdrawal of cases against them. They (students) were asking for justice for Rohith (during the protest near VC’s lodge)…but were beaten up brutally by police,” Rohith’s mother Radhika and brother Raja, along with certain teachers of HCU and parents of some of the arrested students, told reporters.