Remembering Rohith; Police detain Radhika Vemula and Students

Tension prevailed at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) when students in large numbers came to pay tributes to Rohith Vemula in his first death anniversary. Telengana Police detain Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula, Sudipto Mondal, journalist from Hindustan times, Vijay Kumar Ambedkar Pedapudi, one of the socially boycotted student and witch hunted along with Rohith and other student activists.   Raja Vemula, brother of Rohith was dragged by police and taken to police station.

The police obstructed the activists and various student unions at the main gate when they tried to enter the university premises to participate in the Rohith death anniversary program. The students marched towards the main entrance gate of UoH, raised slogans against UoH Vice-Chancellor Apparao Podile and sought immediate his arrest. Holding placards reading “Justice for Rohith Vemula”, the students marched towards the main gate and tried to forcibly enter by removing the barricade placed in front of the university main gate by police force.

The Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, an umbrella grouping of student bodies demanding justice for Rohith, was holding a meeting in the campus to mark `shahdath din` (martyrdom day). The organizers invited Jaan Mohammed, brother of Mohammed Akhlaq, who was lynched by Sangh Parivar at Dadri in Uttar Pradesh over rumours of beef eating, Fathima Nafees, mother of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed, suspended student and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association leader Rahul Sonpimple.

Arpita Jaya , student activist from HCU posted on Facebook ; ”We will not move from here until Radhika amma is released and sent back to us.”

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