Staff Reporter

TRS alleges that pro-Telangana students are being targeted

NIT authorities accused of foisting false cases against students taking part in Telangana stir

Management denies; says inquiry ordered against two students involved in ragging incident

WARANGAL: Alleging discrimination against the students of National Institute Technology (NIT) who took part in separate Telangana movement by the management, the TRS party workers staged a dharna protesting against the attitude of authorities.

TRS former MLA D. Vinay Bhaskar accompanied by scores of party workers reached the NIT campus and staged a demonstration on the main thoroughfare and later blocked the entry into the institution demanding suspension of NIT director Prof. Y. V. Rao.

He said students of all institutes have a right to take part in a mass movement such as separate Telangana. However, the NIT authorities were restraining the students from going out of campus and discriminating against those who took out rallies in support of separate Telangana.

“The NIT authorities registered false cases of ragging against the students who defied warning and organised separate Telangana agitation within the campus,” Mr. Vinay Bhaskar alleged.

Following the dharna, mild tension prevailed at the NIT campus.

The district police authorities rushed extra forces to prevent any untoward incident. Some of the TRS activities tried to force their entry into the campus by jumping over the main gate.

Meanwhile, Hostel incharge Prof. Laxma Reddy said they received complaints of ragging at hostels during midnight hours and ordered for an inquiry. “Of the two students against whom the inquiry was ordered, one belonged to Guntur district. Hence, this cannot be linked with the separate Telangana rallies taken out by the students,” he contended.

‘Stern action'

NIT registrar, Prof. C.S.P. Rao too denied the allegations and said the incidents of ragging were taken very seriously by the management. “We deal sternly with those involved in ragging whatever be the background of parents of the accused,” he said.