Police summons HCU students in case on Anti-CAA protest


Hyderabad, Oct 11: The Telangana Police has sent notices to fourteen Hyderabad Central University (HCU) students for their participation in a peaceful anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protest earlier this month in February.

Manikanta Pallikonda, a student of the HCU and member of the Bahujan Students’ Federation (BSJ), who hails from Nirmal district of the state, received a notice from the Telangana Police on October 10, saying that he may be arrested without a warrant if necessary in relation to an FIR that had been filed against him along-with thirteen others for participating in an anti-CAA protest march on February 21.

On February 21, students of HCU belonging to student organisations such as the NSUI (National Students’ Union of India), MSF (Muslim Students’ Federation), BSF and other smaller student groups had marched towards the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) and held a protest there which last for few hours.

The same day, Raidurgam Police Sub-Inspector (SI) Muraleedhar Aguru, who was on duty at the protest site, filed a complaint against the fourteen students for conducting a rally without permission and for trying to break tranquility at the university.

The FIR, filed on the same day as the protest in February, invokes Indian Penal Code Sections 143 (unlawful assembly) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) read with Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention). Though the students were not made aware of it at the time.  

In his complaint, the SI alleged that they gave provocative speeches addressing the other participant students to break tranquility at the university.

He also alleged that they showed placards and raised slogans against the Central Government.

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