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'.
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.
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 implemented...to 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