Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu) students allege that their details are being sought by police officials in view of the ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests on the campus.
Several students said that police officials from the Raidurgam police came to the campus and sought details of the protesting students. It was learnt that the police officials were seeking the names of the protesting students’ parents, and their phone numbers among other details.
”Collecting student data without consent is a clear violation of our right to privacy. We also fear that the police might target students who are active in the protests against the CAA and NRC,” said Mr Umer Faruq Quadri, Manuu Students Union president.
When contacted, a Raidurgam police official said, “it is an internal matter”. He said the police had the “right to conduct surveillance at any place be it a school or college or a university if needed for the protection of the public.” The official refused to either confirm or deny that student-related data was sought to be collected, either from the students or from the University authorities.
When contacted, administration officials at MANUU were not in a position to offer any comment.
Meanwhile, the protests are only intensifying with each day at the Manuu, Students on Friday had denied entry to University Chancellor Feroz Bakt Ahmed, who came to visit the campus. He had earlier written a letter declaring his support for the CAA. Condemning this, hundreds of students staged a protest and raised slogans asking the Chancellor to “go back”.
Mr Ahmed was escorted into the campus with the police accompanying him in four cars. When students tried to block the convoy, the police resorted to a lathicharge.