Protests against land grab on University of Hyderabad campus

Protests against land grab on University of Hyderabad campus
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Protests against land grab on University of Hyderabad campus

Highlights

  • Students detained for protesting against encroachment
  • Authorities demolish compound wall for 100ft to lay road
  • The university becomes a hotspot for land encroachers
  • The encroachments may pose threat to the wildlife

Hyderabad: There was tension at the University of Hyderabad campus on Friday as the police detained a group of students for protesting against the alleged encroachment on university land.

Alleging that paving a road for the Telangana Non-gazetted Officers' Associations' Colony on the university land would destroy biodiversity in the campus, the varsity students staged a protest. The Hyderabad police detained the protesting students and took them to RC Puram police station. Wildlife activist and state Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad co-convenor Rohit Bondugula alleged that the police obstructed a peaceful protest and manhandled the students.

The students alleged that the authorities demolished 100 feet of the compound wall near the Indian School of Business to build the road. They claimed that the state government gave no prior notice to the varsity authorities. Saying there was already a road leading to the colony, the students questioned the need for building another road.

"The university has become a hotspot for land encroachers supported by the government. There have been a series of land encroachments over the last one decade. In 2020 alone, there were two major land encroachment attempts. There were such incidents in 2019 and 2018 as well for laying a road on the university land. Another major encroachment took place in 2013-14. The varsity campus is home to more than 200 species of birds and many wild animals such as monitor lizards, porcupines, wild boars, spotted deer, peacocks, Asian palm civets and many other endangered species. The encroachments will pose threat to the wildlife," they added.

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