HYDERABAD: Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika on Friday demanded the immediate arrest of University of Hyderabad (UoH) vice-chancellor P Appa Rao Podile.
Speaking at a press conference here on Friday, Radhika asked why Appa Rao, who has been absconding since Rohith’s suicide and is an accused under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, being protected by the police.
“He (Appa Rao) has returned with full support of Central government which is clearly reflected in the police protection accorded to him. Why is the law different for them and us? How long should we await justice?” she questioned.
Radhika also demanded the immediate release of all the 25 students and two faculty members who have been taken into custody on the charges of vandalising property at the VC’s lodge.
“Why is it that the VC has still not been arrested under the SC/ST Act while the other day’s incident led to immediate arrest of 27 persons,” she said, wondering what union MHRD minister Smriti Irani, who called Rohit ‘bachcha’ on the floor of Parliament, would have to say about the recent incidents where students were brutally beaten.