Mass arrests on EFLU campus

Mass arrests on EFLU campus
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Mass arrests on EFLU campus. EFLU continues to boil over the students’ rustication issue. The students’ move to lay siege and occupy VC’s office was foiled by the police on Monday. About 100 students from EFLU and other varsities reached the campus and staged a protest at its administrative building.

PLV, four other professors and 140 students arrested and released

Police foil students bid to occupy VC’s office

Students threaten to gherao Raj Bhavan and KCR’s office

VC adamant, calls in police on the campus

EFLU continues to boil over the students’ rustication issue. The students’ move to lay siege and occupy VC’s office was foiled by the police on Monday. About 100 students from EFLU and other varsities reached the campus and staged a protest at its administrative building. The students demanded that the varsity revoke the rustication and the VC step down.

The police arrested and moved the students to Kacheguda police station. The miffed students have called for the gherao of Raj Bhavan and Telangana CM-designate K Chandhrashekar Rao’s office.

“We were protesting silently at the administrative building. The police entered the university campus arrested the students for no reason,” said Satish, one of the rusticated students.

Pledging solidarity with the arrested EFLU students, OU students took out a huge rally from Arts College but it came to an abrupt end at OU police station. Over 140 students from OU, KU, HCU, along with Prof. PL Vishweshwar Rao, Laxminarayana, Ratnam, Tathagath and Kaveri were arrested and were taken to Kacheguda, Malakpet and Saifabad police stations. Later they all were released.

“This is an undemocratic move by the police,” said Prof. (Retd) PL Vishweshwar Rao.

“EFLU officials are purposely targeting students from the Dalit community. How can the administration rusticate students for breaking a glass? If our demands are not addressed, we will gherao Raj Bhavan and also KCR’s office this week,” said Sharath, member, OU JAC. He was one among the arrested students from the OU.

Students alleged that the Vice-Chancellor, who resumed the office after a long leave, has stuck to her decision to not meet the members of the committee. They also alleged that Vedasaran, Dean of Campus Development, employed people to provoke the students from marginalised sections. “He even went on to remove a flexi of Dr BR Ambedkar citing the excuse of cleaning the campus,” they added.

“ The VC has sought for protection; accordingly, we have deployed the forces. We have arrested the students to maintain the law and order,” said J Rajan Ratan Kumar, ACP, East Zone. He added that section 144 section was in place and rallies were strictly prohibited.

People feel the heat

The protest by the students had hit the people badly as the roads leading to Sitaphalmandi were cordoned off with barricades and barbed wires. The roads wore a deserted look with no traffic and shopkeepers shutting down their business. While some students were allowed on producing the identity cards, Sunil, a resident on the EFLU campus and who was without an ID card, had to face tough time to reach home. “My father works in the university and we reside in the campus. The Inspector told me that they received orders from the VC that none should be allowed other than the students,” said Sunil.

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