Hyderabad University: Amid din of protests, VC resumes charge

However, the move has angered agitating students, who barged into his residence and vandalised it

Hyderabad: University of Hyderabad Vice Chancellor Professor Appa Rao Podile, who went on leave at the height of an agitation over the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula, yesterday resumed charge amid protests from a section of students, who ransacked his official residence leading to tension on the campus.

Hyderabad University VC Appa Rao Podile
Hyderabad University VC Appa Rao Podile

Raising slogans against the VC, agitating students barged into his residence (VC’s lodge), broke windowpanes, smashed doors and television, among other items, protesting against his resumption of duty.

Prof Podile, who is in the eye of a storm over Vemula’s suicide on January 17, had proceeded on leave on January 24 as the agitating students demanded his resignation. Podile was scheduled to hold a press conference yesterday morning but it was cancelled following the violence.

‘No moral right’
A large number of police personnel were deployed near the Vice Chancellor’s lodge as tension prevailed on the campus. D Prashant, one of the five suspended students, said the VC had no moral right to resume duties and conduct an executive committee meeting as a case with regard to Vemula’s suicide was still pending against him.

Based on a complaint by a section of students, Cyberabad police had registered a case against Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Podile and three others in connection with the suicide.

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