The mother of deceased Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula sat on a dharna on Wednesday in front of the main entrance of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) after she was denied entry inside the campus to meet students who were injured in a police lathicharge on Tuesday.
Radhika Vemula wanted to hold a protest demonstration inside, but was prevented from entering the university campus, HCU chief security officer TV Rao said.
“She wanted to hold a dharna inside the campus. We stopped her from entering. She and around 20 students then sat on a dharna in front of the HCU gate,” Rao said.
Raja Vemula, the younger brother of Rohith, said his mother wanted to meet the students who were injured in a police lathicharge. The protesting students raised slogans against HCU vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile, demanding his immediate removal from the post.
They also sought the release of students and faculty members arrested in connection with the vandalism of the VC’s lodge and stone-pelting.