Hyderabad, Apr 4: Noted social activist Medha Patkar was today prevented from entering the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) campus by the varsity security personnel. University security personnel, locked the main entrance gate and did not allow Patkar into the campus this evening, HCU Chief Security Officer T V Rao told PTI. Also Read - Farmers to Take Out Tractor March on Jan 7, 'Desh Jagran Abhiyan' From Tomorrow For 2 Weeks
On March 23, the varsity authorities had decided not to allow any outsider, including media persons and politicians, on the campus. Addressing the students, who gathered on both sides of the gate, Patkar wondered why she was not being allowed to go inside the campus saying she was neither from media nor a politician. “Aaj sabhi kisano ke jaise hatyaein ho rahi hain… aatmahatya nahi (farmers are being killed and are not committing suicide)…Vaise hi Rohith ke bare main kahana padega (similarly it is to be said about Rohith),” she alleged. ALSO READ: Ransack case: HCU students, faculty members walk out of jail Also Read - Farmers Threaten to Hold Kisaan Parade in Delhi on Republic Day if Centre Fails to Fulfil Their Demands by Then
She further said universities (in the country) are being made into battlegrounds which she opined was a very serious matter and said “we need to fight this out.” On March 31, HCU security personnel had stopped entry of three Kerala MPs and social activist Teesta Setalvad into the campus and had also prevented Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav and others from entering the campus on April 1. In a bid to intensify their on-going agitation demanding removal and arrest of HCU Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile (who resumed as VC on March 22), the varsity’s Joint Action Committee for Social Justice has given a call for a protest march ‘Chalo HCU’ on April 6. Also Read - Farmers To Hold Tractor March on January 6 If Government Fails To Take Decision In Their Favour In Next Meeting
Since the university administration has imposed a blockade on the campus preventing students to contact anyone from outside, ‘Chalo HCU’ call is also against the imposed blockade on the university, the JAC earlier said. HCU is on the boil since January this year after Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in the hostel campus.