HCU unrest: We are not in Syria or Pakistan, says parent of arrested student

HCU unrest: We are not in Syria or Pakistan, says parent of arrested student

Submitted by rajiv on Fri, 2016-03-25 16:48 Bengaluru: Parents of imprisoned students have reacted with dismay and shock at the police action at University of Hyderabad on Thursday. “Shouldn't we be informed officially? Should we get to know things two days later through social media? We kept trying his phone, but couldn't touch base with him or his friends,” a parent is quoted as saying by NDTV.   The bail hearing of the students - along with that of two professors - has been postponed to Monday. The students, now in prison, allegedly held Vice Chancellor Appa Rao hostage in his office for six hours and damaged property. They were protesting Mr Rao's return to work, reported NDTV. The Joint Action Committee - a team of students from 14 different on-campus groups - said that the students who were arrested on Tuesday were hit with batons by the police, and that some women students were sexually harassed. Another parent from Kerala told NDTV, “We are not in Syria or Pakistan.  It is the duty of the police to inform parents about those who’ve been arrested. No government, university authorities or faculty members got in touch with us.” Alumni of University of Hyderabad have also signed off on a letter decrying the alleged police brutality being faced by the university. In an open letter, the alumni "observed dismay" at Appa Rao Podile's return to the campus. The letter says, "We the undersigned alumni of this university-in-turmoil write to draw attention to the atrocities that the students are experiencing for raising their voices against injustice. We stand with the students and faculty around the country in universities like UoH, JNU, FTII, DU, IIT Madras, University of Allahabad and numerous others that are fighting to uphold the freedoms that are guaranteed by our constitution." The full letter can be read at First Post.