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Hyderabad University V-C should not be permitted to resume charge until investigation gets over: AHRC
Human rights body, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has condemned the barbarities that have been committed on the students, and urged the Indian government to back off from the University of Hyderabad campus.

AHRC also said the Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao should not be permitted to resume charge until the completion of a fair and impartial investigation.

The Commission also asked that the government fix command responsibility for day before yesterday's action, and prosecute and punish those who are responsible.

AHRC said that the cutting off electricity, water, and Internet facilities, closing down messes, chasing all the media persons out, and then calling in the Paramilitary to swoop down on students in the campus sounds like routine work in a dictatorship, not a democracy.

"Yet, this is exactly what the University of Hyderabad administration, which works under the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, has subjected the students," said AHRC in a release.

The students were protesting against the return and resumption of duties by the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, who is the main accused in the case of abetment of suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, whose death shook the nation.

Allowing a person, who is under investigation for such a serious offence, to return and resume charges defies rudimentary understanding of the rule of law, not logic alone, said AHRC.

"Whoever atop the Indian government is behind the decision would have known well that it would enrage students and invite protests. One may therefore ask if the decision was made to unleash this violence on students, who have not backed off their protest, seeking justice, for months now," AHRC added.

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