Hyderabad: In the 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. A circular was issued by the registrar, P. Sardar Singh, who said the Gachibowli station house officer (SHO) had issued a notice imposing Section 144 in his jurisdiction, including the UoH campus, prohibiting the assembly of five or more people.
UoH, which has a small section of Kashmiri students, witnessed minor protests on Monday after the Centre scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre also introduced of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization bill in Parliament to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.
After the circular was issued by UoH, many students took to social media voicing their opposition to the clampdown and shared the copies of the circular. However, no other incident was reported in or around Hyderabad.
According to a student from the campus who did not want to be identified, about 200 people gathered near the north shopping complex around 6 pm on Monday to stage a protest, but were prevented from doing so by the police and rapid action force (RAF) personnel.
While the UoH administration in its circular said the police issued a notice with regard to Section 144, a statement from the Cyberabad Commisionerate (under which the Gachibowli police station falls) on Monday night contradicted it saying that Section 144 was not imposed anywhere. “Section 144 is not imposed in Cyberabad limits as the situation is normal," it said. The police did not respond to queries 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 asked. The university is situated about 30 km from Hyderabad.