A Dalit student was allegedly evicted from EFL university in Hyderabad on Thursday, which made students furious, who attended a function to mark the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar.
Koonal Duggal, the research scholar said, he may have been targeted by the University, for participating in the agitation, seeking justice for HCU student Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in January, sparked a debate over caste bias on campuses.
“The moment I finished my speech and song, three security guards pushed me and tried to forcibly take me to (the) chief security officer,” Koonal said.
Reportedly, the university proctor Kona Prakash Reddy had barred Koonal’s entry into the campus.
“They did not give any reason for this. They, in fact, disrupted the event,” Koonal said. However, the University officials were not available for comments.
Koonal is pursuing his PhD on “caste and religious politics in contemporary Punjab”.
Delhi hailing student, is even associated with the Dalit Adivasi Bahujan Minority Association (DAMA), and is even working as a guest faculty at HCU.
Previously, when three Dalit students faced the rustication, Koonal took part in the protests against the administration.
A few of the students alleged that, when they were cleaning and re-painting Ambedkar’s statue, the proctor had called the police on Wednesday night and however, they could not take any action and left the campus.
As of now, Koonal complained against the proctor, saying he was harassed and humiliated in front of the students. The university security guards also lodged a complaint against Koonal, saying he trespassed into the campus.
“The security official says Koonal is no longer a student of the university,” said V. Ashok Reddy, inspector at the OU police station.
The official said they have registered cases on both the complaints and would take further action after an inquiry.
By Phani Ch