Medha Patkar barred from University of Hyderabad

Students asked to keep raising their voices in protests.

Hyderabad: Well known social activist Medha Patkar was barred from entering the University of Hyderabad on Sunday evening.

She was visiting the university to express solidarity with students protesting over the Rohith Vemula issue and to speak with them. The university had issued prohibitory orders after the violence and police crackdown of March 22.

The university has barred the entry of outsiders including media, politicians, civil society members and student organisation members. The activist spoke with students near the main gate where the protesting students had gathered.

She said that immediate action must be taken against university vice-chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile and others who have been named in police cases filed in connection with Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

She appealed to the students to keep protesting and raising their voice against the blockade at the university. Earlier the same day, Ms Patkar spoke at Lamakaan where she condemned the police crackdown in UoH and subsequent arrests of students and two faculty members.

On Monday, the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, which is spearheading the protests at UoH on the Rohith Vemula issue will be conducting 'Chalo Raj Bhavan.'

The march will start from Khairatabad station to reach Raj Bhavan where they will demand the resignation of Prof. Appa Rao.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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