Hyderabad Central University has not granted any permission to JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar to address a meeting on the campus, Vice
Chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile said today.
“No body has approached for permission. Definitely, there is no permission,” said VC Appa Rao.
JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar reached Hyderabad on Wednesday to address a public meeting organised by the JAC on the HCU campus.
“I will first meet Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika and his brother Raja. JAC has invited me to address a public meeting on HCU campus…If police allows me thenI will definitely go to HCU and address the students,” Kanhaiya told reporters at Hyderabad Airport.
Earlier in the day, police have deployed additional forces on the campus as a precautionary measure and set up pickets around VC’s official residence in view of JNU student’s union leader Kanhaiya’s visit to the campus.
“He is scheduled to speak at a meeting on ‘Constitutional Rights’ at the Sundarayya Vignana Kendram here on March 24,”said CPI national executive member K Narayana said.
Authorities of Hyderabad Central University have barred outsiders from entering the campus and classes being suspended for four days starting from today.
The decision was taken after tension mounted on Tuesday following the resumption of duty by Vice Chancellor Appa Rao.
“In view of the situation, classes are suspended from March 23 to 26. We have taken a decision not to allow any outsider, including media persons and political parties, on the campus,” said Registrar M Sudhakar
VC Appa Rao sought police protection after his residence was vandalised by a group of students who were opposing his return as the Vice Chancellor after a two-month leave.
“The situation is peaceful. Forces have been deployed to maintain law and order,” said Joint Commissioner of Cyberabad Police TV Sashidhar Reddy.
On Tuesday, students raised slogans against the Vice Chancellor entry into campus after two months of leave.
Students demanded that the VC be arrested immediately as he was one of the accused in Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s alleged suicide case on January 17.
Podile, who is in the eye of a storm over Vemula’s suicide, had proceeded on leave on January 24 as the agitating students demanded his resignation and held vigorous protests seeking “justice” for the Dalit student.