Guest Post by HCU students (Taken from Youtube Uploads and Facebook Status Updates)
[Since there is a virtual media blackout of the situation in Hyderabad Central University we have decided to share video testimonies by students of the violence unleashed by CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) and the RAF (Rapid Action Force) which were called in at the behest of the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao – who is already under a cloud for having created the circumstances that led to Rohith Vemula’s suicide, which many students consider to be an ‘institutional murder’. When Appa Rao returned to the University, students were enraged, and they started a ‘sit-in’ outside the Vice Chancellor’s lodge. It was then that the central forces were called in. Later, electricity, water and internet facilities were cut off. The debit card used by the students, linked to the State Bank of India branch on the campus, were blocked. The non teaching staff was persuaded not to give food in university hostel canteens to students. Some students who started a community kitchen were taken away by the police. One of them, a research scholar called Uday Bhanu was so badly beaten up that he has been admitted to intensive care at a local hospital. His condition remains critical.
Hyderabad Central University, is now a virtual prison camp.
Please share this post widely, and make sure the mainstream media wakes up to a totally abnormal situation. – Kafila]
The media is being deliberately kept out of the campus. Here is a copy of a letter from the University Registrar to the local police station requesting it to ensure that media personnel, political activists, and members of student organizations be prevented from entering the campus.
And here are a set of videos which tell you what happened.
For an excellent update on the situation, visit the Raiot.in report “Reports from a Prisoncamp Called Hyderabad Central University“