Patkar asked why she wasn't allowed inside the campus, as she was neither from the media nor a politician

Universities are being made into battlegrounds Medha Patkar stopped outside HCUFile photo: PTI
news HCU Monday, April 04, 2016 - 07:20

Noted social activist Medha Patkar was on Sunday prevented from entering the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus by the varsity security personnel.

University security personnel, locked the main entrance gate and did not allow Patkar into the campus this evening, UoH Chief Security Officer T V Rao told PTI.

On March 23, the varsity authorities had decided not to allow any outsider, including media persons and politicians, on the campus.

Addressing the students, who gathered on both sides of the gate, Patkar wondered why she was not being allowed to go inside the campus saying she was neither from media nor a politician.

"Aaj sabhi kisano ke jaise hatyaein ho rahi hain...aatmahatya nahi (farmers are being killed and are not committing suicide)...vaise hi Rohith ke bare main kahana padega (similarly it is to be said about Rohith)," she alleged.

She further said universities (in the country) are being made into battlegrounds which she opined was a very serious matter and said "we need to fight this out." 

On March 31, UoH security personnel had stopped entry of three Kerala MPs and social activist Teesta Setalvad into the campus and had also prevented Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav and others from entering the campus on April 1.

In a bid to intensify their on-going agitation demanding removal and arrest of UoH Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile (who resumed as VC on March 22), the varsity's Joint Action Committee for Social Justice has given a call for a protest march 'Chalo HCU' on April 6.

Since the university administration has imposed a blockade on the campus preventing students to contact anyone from outside, 'Chalo HCU' call is also against the imposed blockade on the university, the JAC earlier said.

UoH is on the boil since January this year after Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in the hostel campus.

Watch the video of her being denied entrance followed by her speech here.

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