A day after University of Hyderabad students vandalised VC Professor P Appa Rao’s residence inside the university campus, a case has been registered on Wednesday against 27 persons, including two faculty members.
Meanwhile, classes have been suspended till March 27 following Tuesday’s violent protests at the campus.
The incident happened on Tuesday when Hyderabad Central University (HCU) Vice-Chancellor Prof P Appa Rao, who had gone on leave following protest by students in the aftermath of the suicide by Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula in January, resumed charge on Monday amid violent protests by a section of students.
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As news spread on Tuesday morning that Rao had returned to resume charge, students representing the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) and Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (JAC) ransacked the V-C’s residence on campus. They smashed doors and windowpanes, computers and electronic equipment, TV sets, furniture, flowerpots and photo frames.
Several students were arrested on charges of stone pelting and vandalism. Staff members who faced the ire of the students later disconnected electricity and water supply to some hostels and vowed not to serve food in the hostel mess hall.
The protesting students asked mediapersons to not cover the violence and allegedly manhandled a few TV reporters when they did not accede to their demand.
The police conducted mild lathicharge as the students threw stones at the police and media personnel, as well as at non-teaching staff assembled there. A few policemen were reported to be injured in the melee.
(With ENS and ANI inputs)