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UoH continues to boil

UoH continues to boil
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The University of Hyderabad campus continues to be boiling over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar on Friday.  

Hyderabad: The University of Hyderabad campus continues to be boiling over the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar on Friday.

The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice demanded that the university revoke suspension without attaching any strings on four Dalit research scholars. It may be mentioned here that the University lifted suspension on the scholars.

The university, however, stated that its decision was subjected to High Court’s verdict.

The indefinite hunger strike of seven students of the university entered third on Friday.

The students began indefinite fast following the suicide of Rohith. A medical examination was carried out on the fasting students.

It was found that blood sugar levels of the fasting students were found to be fluctuating.

Following the huge furore on the campus, the University administration disconnected the Wi-Fi facility for the students. Despite several appeals by the students, the administration did not restore connections.

Although about 150 professors of the university held a meeting among themselves, they could not come to a definite conclusion. They again decided to meet at 10:30 am on Saturday.

But total of 15 Dalit professors and officers resigned from their administrative posts over “fabricated statements” of Union Minister Smriti Irani on Rohith’s suicide.

The JAC has been demanding that the Vice Chancellor address the students. But according to the highly placed sources, the State Intelligence has warned university Vice Chancellor Prof P Appa Rao not to venture into campus as it could lead to the law and order problem.

Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, MPs T N Seema and K C Tyagi made a beeline to express their solidarity with agitating students. Addressing the students, Manik Sarkar said whatever happened was undesirable which could and should have been avoided.

“Students can debate on anything and may lead to friction. But small incidents should be resolved by the university administration cordially without yielding to influence of external forces. But I am told that VC did not act in a proper way and was influenced by political forces,” he said.

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