Police arrive on Hyderabad University campus after students ransack VC’s office

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Protests over the suicide of the Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula has gained fresh momentum after the Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor resumed office on Tuesday after a long leave.

The angry students allegedly attacked the house of the VC, Appa Rao Podile, before damaging his belongings.

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Pdile is accused by students of Ambedkar Students’ Association of being responsible for the suicide of Rohith Vemula. He arrived at the guesthouse on the campus and called a media conference.

Students are angry over the return of the VC, who was forced to go on a long leave in January after the death of Vemula on 17 January.

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Police were quick to arrived on the campus soon after the reports of students’ fresh protests emerged.

Vemula had committed suicide after being suspended by the university administration for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader in August last year.

The Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani had drawn flak for allegedly pressurising the university administration to take actions against the Dalit students.

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Irani’s ministry had sent four letters calling Vemula and his friends anti-nationals.

Tuesday’s protests by students come just a before the JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar is scheduled to visit the Hyderabad University campus.

 

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