Angry Students Swarm Hyderabad University VC's Office

22/03/2016 3:01 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 19: NSUI students shout slogans against Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya during a protest against the suicide of Research scholar Rohit Vemula in front of HRD Minister Office at Shastri Bhawan on January 19, 2016 in New Delhi, India. 26-year-old Vemula, a second-year research scholar of science, technology and society studies department at Hyderabad University, was found hanging in his friend’s hostel room on Sunday night. He, along with four Dalit research scholars, was expelled from the University of Hyderabad 12 days ago over alleged fight with another student group. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Angry students staged a protest against University of Hyderabad Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao, who resumed office today after going on leave amid the storm following the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, and vandalised his office.

Students were seen swarming into Rao's office and vandalising property while demanding his resignation.

"He is the main one involved in Rohith's death and everyone knows that. The case is still pending in court. Without informing anyone, he came back to his position and called an executive council meeting. Only deans and nominated people should be attending the meetings but some students are also present inside," a protesting student said.

Rao was under fire for his handling of the suspension of the five Dalit students, one of whom, Vemula, committed suicide on January 17. 26-year-old Vemula was suspended from his hostel in August last year for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader. Rao had said earlier that he was going on leave to facilitate talks with the protesting students.

M. Periasamy had taken over Rao's responsibilities in his absence, after interim VC Dr Vipin Srivastava went on leave just hours before Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi was to meet students at the university.

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