Six students of Hyderabad University (HoU), affiliated to a left-wing student organisation were detained at the campus over the screening of a controversial documentary. This led to a fresh protest on the campus.
The six students belonging to All India Students Association(AISA) and the Students Federation of India(SFI) were taken into custody and the documentary screening at Sociology department’s lecture hall was stalled by police, who stormed the campus at around 3 pm.
The students claimed that they had sought and were accorded permission by the UoH administration to screen the movie ‘Raam Ke Naam’ by Anand Patwardhan, but later police were called in to stall the screening. The police have also seized the laptop of a student, said students who were at the screening.
Following the incident, the students staged protest against the detention, demanding their immediate release. A section of students also took to social media to vent their anger and criticise the current Student Union for failing to protect the interests of the student community.The students were later let off by the police.
“As the students had no permission from University authorities to screen the film, they were brought to the police station and counselled in the presence of their professors. As it was found that the students had attempted to such activities in the recent past also, they were told not to involve in any activities which may disturb the atmosphere,” said police officials from Cyberabad.