Fasting UoH students shifted to health centre

Fasting UoH students shifted to health centre

Following deterioration of their health, the seven students who have been on an indefinite hunger strike in the University of Hyderabad campus, were shifted to a health centre on the campus by the authorities on Saturday.

Campus security personnel forcibly admitted all the seven students into the university health centre. They have been on fast unto death demanding the ouster of Vice-Chancellor Prof P Apparao. The action came after the health bulletin released by a team of doctors stated that their health condition has deteriorated.

The agitating students also rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s condolence statement over suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula and vowed to continue their stir, demanding the removal of the V-C and action against Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.

“It is highly insulting to have received a condolence statement from the prime minister. He has referred Rohith as Bharat Mata’s son. We condemn in the strongest possible words the appropriation of Rohith’s politics,” the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for Social justice, a conglomeration of 14 student organisations, said in a statement here.

“His (Modi’s) complicity and inaction on the entire episode that unfolded in the University of Hyderabad clearly reflects his political interests,” the JAC said and asked whether the prime minister was ready to sack his ministers for abetting the suicide. “Rohith and the other socially boycotted students always stood against the ‘Hindutva’ and ‘Manuvadi’ politics which the BJP ministers proudly stand for,” it said.

“It is under the leadership of Modi that the Delhi police brutally lathi-charged the protesting students, male police officers manhandled women students and detained them,” the JAC said.

It rejected an appeal by Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha, who, on a visit to the city, asked them to call off their agitation and assured them of justice.  This came a day after the HRD Ministry announced a judicial commission probe into the circumstances that led to the suicide of Rohith following his suspension.

The JAC for Social Justice has trashed the claim of ABVP leader Susheel Kumar that he was beaten by Rohit and fiends. They released the copy of a counter affidavit filed by the Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand to the High Court on October 3, 2015, in which he reported that ABVP leader Susheel Kumar’s Appendicitis was not due to the result of any assault and it is coincidental that existing ailment was diagnosed and treated. It stated that the allegation of beating up was false and baseless and asked the court to reject the writ petition.

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