HCU standoff: students stranded without food. Kanhaiya refused entry

HCU standoff: students stranded without food. Kanhaiya refused entry

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Police crackdown. People missing. Water and food supplies cut. Internet blocked. The Hyderabad Central University has turned into a war zone after its controversial vice-chancellor Appa Rao Podile resumed office on 22 March. Protests erupted on campus soon after Podile took over.

Many students and faculty blame the Vice-Chancellor for the suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula in January this year, which they term as "institutionalised murder". Podile had been on leave for the past 2 months, mainly to escape the outrage following the Dalit scholar's death.

Kanhaiya prevented from entering HCU

On Wednesday, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, who was accompanied by Rohith Vemula's mother, was prevented from entering the campus. "Your iron gates can't silence our voices," Kumar said

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