Fresh protests erupt in University of Hyderabad

Students gather on the north campus raise slogans against the administration for allegedly demolishing Velivada and burn effigies

By Author  |  Published: 7th Jan 2019  1:34 am
Students of the University of Hyderabad burning the effigy of Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao on Sunday.

Hyderabad: Fresh protests have erupted on the University of Hyderabad campus after the university administration allegedly removed Velivada, a temporary structure erected by a section of students.

Around 200 students, who gathered at shopping complex on the north campus raised slogans against the administration for allegedly demolishing Velivada and burnt effigies.

Velivada was for the first time erected at shopping complex by five students, including Rohith Vemula, who were suspended from hostel in 2016. It was re-built on January 5 ahead of Vemula’s death anniversary on January 17.

However, on Sunday morning students said they found it demolished. A student who is part of the Ambedkar Students’ Association said they would hold a series of protests till the administration reinstates Velivada.

Earlier, the university administration had issued several circulars not to display any banners, posters, flexies etc on the campus without prior permission.

In a notice served to students who erected Velivada on January 5, the administration said flexies and posters at the shopping complex were erected on the intervening night of January 4 and 5 despite objection made by security personnel not to destroy the floor by digging the varsity property.

“But without adhering to the instruction of the security personnel on duty, you have erected the flexies. In view of the above, you are hereby advised to remove flexies and banners etc immediately otherwise appropriate action will be initiated,” said the administration in a notice to four students.

When contacted Vinod P, official spokesperson of the university, said he had no knowledge of the removal of Velivada on the campus.