UoH denies entry to Kanhaiya, sparks row

UoH denies entry to Kanhaiya, sparks row
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Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was on Wednesday denied entry into the University of Hyderabad which witnessed unprecedented clampdown amid continuing tension over the return of Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao.Police stopped Kanhaiya Kumar when he along with others reached the central university in the evening to address the protesting students on the campus.

Hyderabad: Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was on Wednesday denied entry into the University of Hyderabad which witnessed unprecedented clampdown amid continuing tension over the return of Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao.Police stopped Kanhaiya Kumar when he along with others reached the central university in the evening to address the protesting students on the campus.

Since the university authorities barred the entry of outsiders, police stopped Kanhaiya's convoy and asked him to go back. Speaking to reporters, the Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader said a student was not being allowed on the campus. He said such actions by police and the government cannot suppress their voice.

"I want to tell the university administration and police who have prohibited us from entering the campus that you can't suppress our voice," he said."It is shameful that a student is not being allowed on the campus. It is unfortunate that the government is not listening to voice of students," said Kanhaiya.

He condemned the police baton charge on UoH students on Tuesday when they were staging a protest on the campus. Expressing solidarity with the injured, he said, "Lathis can't silence our voice". "This fight will continue. This fight is to save the country, the Constitution and democracy," he said.

Kanhaiya Kumar, who was arrested last month on charges of sedition, said they were fighting for freedom from casteism, inequality and injustice. "Our fight will continue till the dreams of Rohith Vemula, B R Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh are realised," he said, demanding enactment of what he called 'Rohith legislation' to ensure social justice on campuses.

He vowed to continue the fight for justice to the family of Rohith, who committed suicide on January 17.Earlier, the JNU student leader met Rohith's mother Radhika and consoled her. Some ABVP activists, who tried to approach Kanhaiya's vehicle, were rounded up by the police.

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