Home / News / India /  Hyderabad University bars protests in campus citing section 144, police say it is not imposed

Hyderabad: In wake of the developments in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the University of Hyderabad (UoH) administration on Monday night barred students from carrying out protests or any agitations. A circular to that effect was issued by the registrar P. Sardar Singh, who stated that the Gachibowli station house officer (SHO) had issued a notice imposing section 144 in his limits (under which UoH falls), which prohibits the assembly of 5 or more people, following which the circular was issued.

UoH, which has a small section of Kashmiri students studying in its campus, witnessed minor protests by students on Monday after the Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, with an order saying “it shall come into force at once". The abrogation follows the Centre introducing the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill in Parliament.

The bill was introduced to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature. After the circular was issued in UoH, many students took to social media to voice their opposition to the clamp down, with copies of the circular being shared widely. However, other than this, no other incident was reported in or around Hyderabad.

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While the UoH administration in its circular stated that the police issued a notice with regard to section 144 being imposed, a statement from the Cyberabad Commisionerate (under which the Gachibowli police station comes under) on Monday night itself contradicted it saying that section 144 was not imposed anywhere. “Section 144 is not imposed in Cyberabad limits as situation is normal," it said. A query about the same with the police went unanswered till the time of writing this article.

“The Gachibowli police had come and given us a notice about section 144 after which the circular was issued," said a UoH official, when inquired. The university is situated about 30 kilometres from Hyderabad. The capital city of Telangana has three police limits: Hyderabad (under which the core city falls under), Cyberabad (which mostly covers the IT sector) and the Rachakonda (which covers other peripheral areas of the city).

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