Deccan Chronicle - - City - DC COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Strug­gle and Sol­i­dar­ity Com­mit­tee for Jus­tice for Ro­hith Vem­ula sought pros­e­cu­tion of UoH Vice-Chan­cel­lor Prof. Appa Rao Podile un­der the SC/ST Pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties Act for al­legedly de­mo­li­tion por­traits of Dr B.R. Ambed­kar and other lead­ers and re­moval of the ‘Veli­wada’ in the univer­sity cam­pus.

On Satur­day, a fact-find­ing com­mit­tee com­pris­ing lead­ers of or­gan­i­sa­tions like Kula Nir­moolana Po­rata Samiti, Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Pro­tec­tion of Demo­cratic Rights, Bahu­jan Re­sis­tance Fo­rum and Civil Lib­er­ties Com­mit­tee vis­ited the cam­pus fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of de­struc­tion of the por­traits of Dr Ambed­kar and cases be­ing filed against Dalit re­search schol­ars.

Prof. Lak­sh­man Gad­dam, pres­i­dent of the Civil Lib­er­ties Com­mit­tee, said the team found no ev­i­dence to back the univer­sity’s al­le­ga­tion that the stu­dents had de­stroyed pub­lic prop­erty by dig­ging for the con­struc­tion of the Ve­li­v­ada.

On Sun­day, some artists from the Ni­gar Kalai Koodam, a parai per­for­mance team from Coim­bat­ore came to per­form in front of Ro­hith Vem­ula’s bust.

Team mem­ber Raghu said, “We want to lib­er­ate peo­ple through this art”. He said the troupe had choose parai, one of the old­est form of drum, be­cause it was an in­stru­ment of the op­pressed

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