Taking their protest over the recent suspension of five Dalit research scholars to the next level, University of Hyderabad students on Wednesday blocked the administration building and started sleeping there.
The students have been at loggerheads with the university accusing it of bowing to pressure from the BJP, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha and ABVP, for socially boycotting and academically ostracizing five research scholars a few months ago, without any procedural enquiry.
Opposing the injustice, fellow scholars have been camping on the road for the last ten days. Various student groups had formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) in solidarity so as to intensify the protest.
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The JAC had called upon students to occupy the administration building and block it. The call to intensify the protest was taken a no administrative authorities, especially the Vice Chancellor (VC), met the protesting students in their camps. The JAC wants the suspension to be revoked.
25-year-old student, S.Munna told TNM:
''We have started it on Tuesday evening at 4 PM calling for students to occupy the admin block. We slept in the administration block in the morning and started stopping the functions of admin from 7am. We did not even allow sweepers inside.''
''We told officials that until they resolve our issues, we won't go from here, he adds.''
Venkatesh, JAC member and student said:
''The reason behind all this is Bandaru Dattatreya's letter, BJP involvement from MLC Ramachander Rao and MHRD Letters. BJP is fully involved in this issue and pressurized the administration to do so.We are in a democracy and we have the rights to speak and protest''.