Sabrangindia, March 25, 2016
A local court in Hyderabad denied bail to students and faculty of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) who had been detained by the police after an allegedly brutal assault against peacefully protesting students on the irregular resumption of duties of suspended Vice Chancellor Appa Rao on march 22, 2016. Rao had suddenly returned to campus while a high level inquiry set up by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) is still on. The public prosecutor (PP) appearing for the state of Telangana has been asked to file a counter affidavit by March 28, 2016.
Sources told Sabrangindia’s that Battula Ramprasad who visited students of the University of Hyderabad (UOH) met them in judicial remand at the Charlapally prison today, March 24. Reportedly those detained were taken to six different police stations and badly beaten up. Police officers allegedly used abusive language while beating them. Ramprasad (Mala Sankshema Sangam) who spoke to Dontha Prashanth, close friend and associate of Rohith Vemula has said that Prashanth has made an appeal to all organisations to support the struggle for the withdrawal of false cases against students and faculty and emphasised the need to keep the countrywide struggle alive !
Of the students detained. Dontha Prashant, close friend of Rohith Vemula was also one of the five suspended students belonging to the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) last year. Others who had been suspended in 2015 are Vijeyi, Seshaya and Sundamma.
Sabrangindia has accessed a list of detainees with details of charges against them. This can be read here.
Nationwide condemnation of the attack has come in. JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar was in Hyderabad on March 23 and 24 and some reports indicated that the ploy to lay siege to the university was intended to prevent his entering the campus. Reports of his visit can be read here.