Protests and slogans of 'Recall Appa Rao" rocked the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) campus on Wednesday. Activists from various student groups demanded the removal of Appa Rao Podile, the vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad.
On 6 April, the Cyberabad police stopped scores of students who tried to march towards VC Lodge, where the academic council was scheduled to meet, according to the Hindustan Times. The police had stepped up security at HCU anticipating chaos in view of a Chalo HCU call. There was also a protest organised by the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (JACSJ) – an umbrella group of 14 student bodies.
Hyderabad: Student organisations protest against HCU VC Appa Rao, demand his resignation. pic.twitter.com/G5PE0WQck5— ANI (@ANI_news) April 6, 2016
The protesting students want to present three demands - enactment of the Rohith Act, removal of Rao as VC and the end of blockade in HCU and dropping of all cases against students and faculty.
The CRPF have also been deployed in the campus after students alleged that the police hit them with lathis during the ensuing chaos.
Students have been protesting again, ever since Podile took back charge of the university as its vice-chancellor. Podile has been accused of the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula. The students had even written to President Pranab Mukherjee, seeking his immediate intervention.
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