Chennai Police detained 15 students on Saturday when they attempted to launch an indefinite hunger strike in support of Hyderabad university students.
The students had organized the hunger strike under the banner of the Joint Action Committee outside Shastri Bhavan, which houses an office of the NHRC, in the Nungambakkam area of the city.
Shreela Manohar, a student of Ambedkar Law College, told The News Minute, that the 15 students had been detained and kept at an ABVP hall in Nugambakkam. “The police might register a case against them as they are taking down the details from them,” she said.
The hunger strike was organized in support of Hyderabad University students over events that occurred in the last few days.
“All the faculty and students who have been arrested at Hyderabad Central University should be released. Vice Chancellor Apparao Podile must be immediately removed from campus. The police should be removed from the university. There should be a judicial inquiry into what happened in HCU in the past few days,” said Shreela.
JAC has decided to continue the strike. “We will be carrying out the strike at the Shastri Bhavan till official talks do not start to do something about it,” said Shreela.
Two faculty members and 27 students of HCU were arrested on Wednesday in connection with incidents of vandalism at VC's lodge and stone pelting against police personnel. The students of HCU had begun protesting on Tuesday morning against the resuming of charge of Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao in the university.