Hyderabad/New Delhi: Fresh protests by students broke out yesterday in Hyderabad, Delhi and Chennai over the alleged "delay in justice" to the Hyderabad university Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula, who committed suicide, as they remained unrelenting in the demand for resignations of Union ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya. In Delhi, scores of students from varsities across the capital once again marched to the Human Resources Development Ministry where Delhi police detained 60 of them. According to police the students were detained due to security concerns from outside Shastri Bhawan and taken to Parliament Street police station.
A student shouts slogans demanding resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani as they are detained during a protest. PIC/PTI
Lending further support to the stir, SC and ST teachers of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) announced a hunger strike seeking resignation of Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, who has gone on leave, and interim VC Vipin Srivastava for resumption of academic and administrative work. Several members of the forum have already given up their administrative responsibilities. Students in most universities in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana boycotted classes in solidarity. In Chennai, about 40 activists of the Revolutionary Students and Youth Front were detained before they tried to picket the Raj Bhavan. — AGENCIES
Six of the seven students of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU), on hunger strike toprotest the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, have been shifted to a health centre. “Six (students) were shifted (to the health centre) yesterday,” Ravindra Kumar, chief medical officer said. One student is continuing with the hunger strike.