The university has cited the reason for suspension as “participating in anti-government activities.”

Four students suspended from ANU hostel after participating in Amaravati protestsImage Credit: Picxy.com/munna
news Protest Monday, February 03, 2020 - 10:06

Four students of the Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) in Guntur were suspended from the university hostel on Saturday for being associated with the the APJAC (Andhra Pradesh Joint Action Committee) for Amaravati. The JAC has been protesting against the shifting of the state capital from Amaravati to Vizag. 

A suspension notice issued by Chief Warden D Ramchandran under the orders of the Vice-Chancellor said that the students were “suspended from the University hostels with immediate effect for their participation in anti-government activities.”

The notice goes on to specify that the students were found participating in “the anti-government activities of APJAC for Amaravati.”

The students have been asked to appear in front of the University disciplinary committee, which will decide the period of punishment after seeking explanation from the students. 

Of the four suspended students, two are from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, while the other two are from the Department of English. 

While the students have been unavailable for comment on the issue, TDP MP Jayadev Galla has come out in support. 

Condemning the students’ suspension, TDP MP Jayadev Galla wrote on Twitter, “ANU suspending 4 students for participating in Pro-#Amaravati programme, & calling them Anti-Govt is highly condemnable. 2 of them are pursuing #journalism. 1st don't they have the #right to peaceful protest? 2nd isn't the role of a journalist to question wrong decisions of Govt?"

According to The New Indian Express, ANU officials said that the students had participated in a protest against shifting of the capital recently organised by the APJAC at the university. 

The TDP students wing Telugu Nadu Students Federation (TNSF), has also expressed their support for the students, calling for a ‘Chalo Nagarjuna University’ rally if the suspension orders are not revoked. TNSF state president Brahmam Choudhury said that the VC was acting as a government stooge by suspending students for voicing their opinions. “The VC’s behaviour makes one question whether we are in a democracy or a dictatorship,” Choudhury said. 

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