Congress MPs team will complain to Prez: Shinde
Former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said a delegation of Congress MPs would meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday and apprise him of the developments in University of Hyderabad (UoH). The team would explain the situation in the wake of the Vice Chancellor being booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.
Hyderabad: Former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said a delegation of Congress MPs would meet President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday and apprise him of the developments in University of Hyderabad (UoH). The team would explain the situation in the wake of the Vice Chancellor being booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.
- Former Union Home Minister meets arrested students at Cherlapally jail
- He says the police has used excessive force on students
- The NDA government, led by the BJP, is anti-Dalit
Speaking to media persons after visiting the arrested UoH students at Cherlapally Jail here, Shinde said the Congress MPs would meet the President and seek his intervention to resolve the UoH crisis by removing the Vice Chancellor. He found fault with the way police handled the situation following the suicide by research scholar Rohit Vemula on the campus of the UoH.
He questioned why the police had failed to arrest Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao and instead arrested students. He accused the BJP-led NDA government of being anti-Dalit. He said the Congress party would support the ongoing agitation of students seeking removal of Appa Rao.
Shinde also condemned the alleged atrocities on UoH students and faculty members by the Cyberabad police and said at least seven students, who are now lodged in jail, told him that they were forced to sign confessional statements by the police. He said such tactics would not deter students from fighting for the rights of Dalits.
He also blamed the Ministry of Human Resource Development for dragging the issue, instead of finding a permanent solution. He was accompanied by Hingoli Lok Sabha MP Rajeev Satav, TPCC President N Uttam Kumar Reddy, Karnataka Youth Congress president Rizwan Ahmed, TPCC Working President Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka during his visit to Cherlapally Jail.
Later, he held an interactive meeting with representatives of Dalit organisations. The meeting was attended by Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika, MRPS president Manda Krishna Madiga and senior leaders of Congress party including deputy CLP leader J Geetha Reddy.