UoH students damage V-C's office in Hyderabad

The University of Hyderabad turned into a battleground on Tuesday morning as angry students attacked the Vice-Chancellor's office after learning about Prof. P. Appa Rao resuming duty. > Prof. Appa Rao was forced to go on leave in the aftermath of > suicide of Ph.D student Rohith Vemula on the campus on January 17 after being suspended from accessing university facilities.

On Tuesday, the VC was scheduled to brief the media about resuming office at 11.30 a.m. when all hell broke loose as students jumped over the perimeter wall and barged in and ransacked the VC's Lodge on the university campus.

Police in riot gear brought the situation under control after a tense standoff for nearly an hour.

One student suffered injuries on his arm as the students broke the glass panes of V-C's lodge on the university campus, minutes before he was to brief presspersons about resuming the office. University officials requisitioned additional police forces to deal with the situation on the campus.

Students targeted VC's lodge where an executive committee meeting was in progress and broke windowpanes, flower pots, computers and everything that came in their way. The students then bolted the room where the executive committee meeting was in progress from inside for nearly an hour. Only after the intervention of police, the students walked out of the VC's Lodge.

In the scuffle that ensued, Chief Proctor Alok Pandey was injured and taken to a hospital. Angry students targeted journalists and raised slogans against Prof. P. Appa Rao. Rohith's family members received a cheque of Rs. 1.77 lakh on Monday towards the scholarship dues of the student.

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