CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury demands release of HCU students, teachers
CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury demanded the release of students and faculty members of HCU, arrested for attacking VC Appa Rao’s residence.india Updated: Mar 23, 2016 21:47 IST
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded on Wednesday the immediate release of students and faculty members of Hyderabad Central University, arrested in connection with the attack on vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile’s residence.
Yechury, in a letter written to Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, alleged that police showed high-handedness as the students were deprived of water, access to WiFi and food supply to hostel messes was stopped.
Cyberabad Police arrested 25 students and two teachers on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday’s incidents.
“In the fitness of living up to your own proclamations and assurances, the arrested students must be released immediately and the cases against them be dropped. The Telangana Police must immediately proceed on the registered cases against the vice-chancellor. As this is a central university, we are demanding of the central government that their appointed vice-chancellor be removed forthwith,” Yechury said.
Most people in the country were “aghast” at the manner in which such “brutal assault” was mounted on the university by the Telangana Police, Yechury said, adding that he was forced to write the letter as there was no response from the CM despite repeated phone calls and messages.
“Following the stoppage of water connection, access to WiFi, food supplies to the hostel messes, the students themselves organised the preparation of food for the hostel inmates. Today, all these facilities were attacked by the police and the vice-chancellor has reportedly shut down the hostels,” he said.
Telangana government should first act against the vice-chancellor who is named in the FIR filed with regard to Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Yechury added.