Hours after Hyderabad University vice-chancellor Appa Rao, returned to work, two months after he was accused of abetting Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide, students went on rampage and ransacked his office.
They broke into Rao’s office and lodge, damaging office furniture and breaking equipment, areport said.
VC is accused of abetting Vemula’s suicide by suspending him, along with four other students from the university hostel for allegedly beating up an ABVP leader.
Vemula killed himself on January 17.
Students allege Rao didn’t follow proper rule and targeted Vemula and others – all of whom were members of the Ambedkar Students Association – after Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya wrote a controversial letter.
Five students were thrown out of the hostel soon after that in the middle of allegations that they were denied access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and respective workshops, on recommendation by an executive committee of the university.
Vemula’s suicide sparked outrage across the nation and a debate on caste discrimination in campuses.