Govt is playing dirty politics: JNU students react after Kanhaiya banned from entering Hyderabad University

JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday said the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice of Hyderabad Central University will continue with its struggle until the Centre brings out 'Rohith Act'.

Devparna Acharya March 23, 2016 19:25:43 IST
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Govt is playing dirty politics: JNU students react after Kanhaiya banned from entering Hyderabad University



Mar 23, 2016 - 19:48 (IST)

Political blame-game resumes over Rohith Vemula's suicide

Accusing Congress of "using" Kanhaiya Kumar, the BJP termed the JNU student leader's visit to Hyderabad over Rohith Vemula's suicide as a "conspiracy" to deflect public attention from UPA government's policies which were "responsible" for his death.

BJP accused Congress of joining hands with those accused of anti-national acts, a reference to Kanhaiya, and asked it to not make universities a place for its politics.

"It is the policies of Congress government which led to so many suicides in Hyderabad Central University, including that of Vemula. Our government has taken measures to ensure that corrective action is taken. Now Congress is trying to deflect attention from its failure by allying with a person accused of anti-national acts," party National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

Nine students before Vemula had also ended their lives at the university, he said.

The Modi government is working to ensure that no student suffers discrimination at unversities, he said.

Accusing Congress of using "proxies" to fight political battles "it cannot win directly", Sharma alleged it earlier used NGOs and activists like Teesta Sitalvad and now the students.

When Congress was in power, it was anti-poor and anti-students and it remains so even in opposition, he alleged.


Mar 23, 2016 - 19:33 (IST)

JNU students protest outside HRD ministry

Stepping up their agitation over the suicide of Hyderabad University scholar Rohith Vemula, students of JNU today protested outside the HRD Ministry demanding removal of Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile and withdrawal of police presence from the campus.

The students, who were stopped by police as they tried to march towards the ministry, have been raising three demands in connection with the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula who was found hanging at the Hyderabad Central University's hostel room on January 17.

A five-member delegation led by JNU students union Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora met MHRD Secretary VS Oberoi and submitted a memorandum in this regard. "Our major demands include immediate removal of police presence in Hyderabad university campus, removal of Vice Chancellor and dropping of false charges against students unconditionally," Shehla said.

"The top official told us that ministry cannot do anything about removal of the VC as it comes under the purview of the Visitor. He also said that they can't intervene on issue of police presence as interventions are not being taken in good manner," she added.

The fresh protests over the issue, come in wake of resumption of office by HC Vice Chancellor two-months after going on leave amid the storm following the suicide of Vemula.


Mar 23, 2016 - 19:11 (IST)

Govt is playing dirty politics with students

On Wednesday, as authorities and police denied entry to Kanhaiya inside the Hyderabad University, Firstpost's Debobrat Ghose spoke to students' leader and activisits at JNU.

Shehla Rashid, vice-president, JNUSUWe strongly condemn the police action on students in Hyderabad Central University. Police have thrashed students, women, professors and detained a few students. We will fight shoulder to shoulder with HCU students until Rohith gets justice.

N Susheel Kumar, President of ABVP: Though efforts are all afoot to make Kanhaiya Kumar a hero, the ABVP is not doing anything to prevent his entry. We want to maintain peace.

Vinay Bidre, National General Secretary, ABVP: We've opposed to Kanhaiya Kumar's demonstration at HCU but Vidyarthi Parishad physically won't do anything to prevent him from entering the campus or addressing the students because, it'll lead to violence, which we don't want. Our foremost objective is to maintain peaceful academic atmosphere at HCU. We may go for some peaceful activities after Kanhaiya Kumar's address. I appeal to students to not believe rumours. Not a single ABVP member or student is involved in any kind of violence. It's the strategy of NSUI and the Left-backed students' unions to malign ABVP, but let them come up with proof. 

Roji M John, National President, NSUI: We have demanded removal of Hyderabad Central University (HCU)  vice chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile. Protests will continue at HCU till those responsible for Rohith's death are punished and a Rohith Act is enacted. The government  with the help of Telenaga Police and the University administration is creating a sense of terror in the University. It was a highly atrocious act on the part of police to brutally laticharge the students. They have been badly injured and some are even hospitalised. Female students and professors too have not been spared. We are here to help the students. The government should understand that the protesters are young citizens, this is not how you deal with a student protest. By denying drinking water, food, and cutting internet and keeping the media out, the government is playing dirty politics in the campus. 

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:33 (IST)

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:32 (IST)

Kanhaiya criticises govt for denying him entry

Denied permission to deliver a speech on campus, Kanhaiya spoke at the gates of the university and criticised the administration and police for refusing entry to him. He met Vemula's mother on Wednesday afternoon and pledged "to get justice" for the 26-year-old who hanged himself in his hostel a month after alleging caste discrimination.

The university said no permission had been granted for Mr Kumar's appearance on campus which was meant to include a speech.

Kumar was meant to meet this evening with Mr Vemula's friends and supporters whose list of demands includes the dismissal of the university's top official, Vice Chancellor Appa Rao.

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:24 (IST)

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:22 (IST)

Loktantra pe hamla nahi sahenge

Tum kitne Rohith maroge? asked JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar at Hyderabad Central University after the police allowed him inside the campus on Wednesday. 

Targetting the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Kanhaiya said we want freedom from caste-discrimination. "We will not tolerate it if you clamp down on students or clamp down on our democratic rights."

Kanhaiya, while addressing the students, batted for Rohith Act and said the government is turning deaf ear to students' problems.

Mar 23, 2016 - 18:16 (IST)

JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar enters HCU campus

Mar 23, 2016 - 15:24 (IST)

HCU remains tense

The Hyderabad Central University remained tense on Wednesday as police imposed clampdown on the campus and student groups called for boycott of classes for four days to protest "police brutality".

Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social Justice, an umbrella grouping of various student bodies, has given a call for boycott of classes to protest the arrest of students and police baton charge on them on Tuesday.

Mar 23, 2016 - 15:04 (IST)

Hyderabad University has sought extra police force at the campus as Kanhaiya told the media that he is determined to speak to the students. 

Kanhaiya is expected to address the students att 3 pm.

Hyderabad Central University has not granted any permission to JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar to address a meeting on the campus, Vice Chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile told reporters on Wednesday.

"No body has approached for permission. Definitely, there is no permission," he told PTI here.

Asked if he gets a feeling that the suicide issue is being politicised, Podile said he did not think so, adding, that he did not attach any significance to Kumar's visit as "we have nothing to do with that boy".

"As far as our campus is concerned, I don't see same kind of polarisation. We are all one. We are going to work towards solution. There is no politicisation at this time," said Podile, who resumed duty amid protests yesterday after a two-month leave.

On whether he believed a small group of students were holding the university for ransom, he said, "Anybody who moves around the campus will get that same feeling."

As for what action was proposed to be taken against the group of students who vandalised his official residence yesterday, Podile said, "Procedures and whatever systems are in place, they will take care of it. Whatever is there with the police, they will take care of it."

Kanhaiya Kumar on Wednesday said the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice of Hyderabad Central University will continue with its struggle until the Centre brings out 'Rohith Act'.

Kanhaiya, who landed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad at around 11 am, also said that he will participate and address a public meeting organised by the JAC on the HCU campus this evening, "if the police permits".

"Today, I will first meet Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika and his brother Raja. JAC has invited me to address a public meeting on HCU campus...If police allows me then I will definitely go to HCU and address the students," Kanhaiya told reporters at RGIA.

Govt is playing dirty politics JNU students react after Kanhaiya banned from entering Hyderabad University

A file image of Kanhaiya Kumar addressing students at JNU. PTI

"We have experience with JAC for various struggles and we will take this fight forward...this struggle will continue until 'Rohith Act' is fulfil his (Rohith) dreams of social justice on the campus," he said.

Notably, the mother and brother of Dalit research scholar Rohith, who had allegedly committed suicide in a hostel room on the campus on January 17, had last month met political leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Sitaram Yechuri and KC Tyagi, seeking their support for enactment of a 'Rohith Act' against caste discrimination in educational institutions.

Earlier, the HCU authorities categorically said they would not allow outsiders, including media and political party leaders, on the campus in view of the prevailing situation.

Tension mounted in Hyderabad Central University following the resumption of duty by controversial Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile with authorities on Wednesday barring outsiders from entering the campus and classes being suspended for four days.

"In view of the situation, classes are suspended from 23 to 26 March. We have taken a decision not to allow any outsider, including mediapersons and political parties, on the campus," Registrar M Sudhakar told PTI when asked about the proposed visit of JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar to the university.

Police said additional forces have been deployed on the campus as a precautionary measure and pickets set up around Podile's official residence.

Appa Rao's official residence was on Tuesday vandalised by students and police had to lathicharge another group during their protest against him resuming charge after a two-month leave in the wake of suicide by Vemula.

Meanwhile, the police, who made elaborate security arrangements in and around the university, prevented Congress Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao from entering the campus.

The Congress MP demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee should immediately recall the VC, holding him responsible for the state of affairs on the campus.

Senior CPI leader K Narayana had earlier told PTI that Kanhaiya Kumar will address a meeting at the university this evening and attend a meeting on 'Constitutional Rights' at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram in Baghligampally here tomorrow, besides visiting Vijayawada.

With inputs from PTI

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