Hyderabad university row: Students return to classes, 40 faculty members go on mass leave to protest

Hyderabad: A number of Hyderabad Central University students joined classes on Tuesday after the Joint Action Committee urged students and faculty to return to classes wearing blue ribbons on their sleeves as mark of protest.

A section of teachers at the university, however, went on mass leave to protest police brutality on students on 22 March.

About 40 faculty members belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes proceeded on one day's mass leave to condemn the police crackdown on the campus.

Hyderabad university row: Students return to classes, 40 faculty members go on mass leave to protest

File photo of protest by faculty and students of Hyderabad Central University opposing VC Appa Rao. AFP

The teachers said their protest was also against Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao, whose return triggered fresh bout of violent protest on the campus last week.

Stating that Appa Rao's return has disturbed the academic life, the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice urged the students and faculty to resume their academic activities and classes alongside the protests.

The JAC, which comprises 14 student groups, said it was the end of the semester and an important time for many students for their future.

"We appeal to the students to use blue ribbons as a means of protest, declaration and reminder of the fact that our fight is still on while going about their classes, labs and other activities," a JAC statement.

The university has witnessed turmoil since 17 January when Rohith Vemula, one of the five Dalit students suspended by the university, committed suicide.

Appa Rao had gone on leave after he was named in the First Information Report (FIR). The students had lost classes for two weeks due to the protests.

Appa Rao's return on 22 March sparked massive protest by the students, who ransacked VC Lodge. In the subsequent police action, 22 students and two faculty members were arrested and sent to jail.

A city court on Monday granted bail to them. They are expected to be released later on Tuesday.


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Updated Date: Mar 29, 2016 15:26:03 IST