Hyderabad, Jan. 20 (ANI): Security has been beefed up outside the University of Hyderabad after the suicide of the Dalit scholar has invited various political leaders to visit the varsity and express their solidarity with the protesting students.
While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi visited the university yesterday, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and YSR Congress Party leader Jagan Mohan Reddy are scheduled to visit the University of Hyderabad today.
Meanwhile, the students of the University continued their protest in the varsity premises demanding action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.
The students of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) also began a one-day hunger strike here on Tuesday to express solidarity with their colleagues of the Hyderabad University.
Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.
Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.
The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30p.m. on Sunday. (ANI)