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Six varsity teachers beaten

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KU faculty members dragged out of classrooms by students



SEEKING JUSTICE: Faculty member T. Bhaskar Rao filing a complaint in Warangal on Tuesday after he and others were attacked by a group of students on the KU campus. — Photo: M. Murali

WARANGAL: Six senior faculty members of Physics Department of Kakatiya University were severely beaten up by a group of students reportedly belonging to the ABVP holding them responsible for failure of 14 students here on Tuesday morning.

Faculty members— T. Bhaskar Rao, G. Gangadhar Reddy, A. Ramakanth-- received severe blows while K. Suresh Babu, N. Gopi Krishna and Md. Altaf Hussain were also beaten.

Of the 49 students on the campus, 14 failed in M.Sc. (Physics) third semester examination, the results of which were announced on Monday evening.

About 50 students reached the Physics Department and dragged out Prof. T. Bhaskar Rao, who was in the class. They abused him in filthy language and kicked him. He was brought out onto the road. Other faculty members G. Gangadhar Reddy and Ramakanth were also dragged and beaten by the mob indiscriminately. Prof. K. Suresh Babu and N. Gopi Krishna, who were just coming into the building, were forced to sit on the road. The injured faculty members were shifted to MGM Hospital for medical examination.

Mr. Gangadhar Reddy said about 100 students came to the building around 10.15 a.m., many of them belonged to various departments and some to the Arts College. They went on ransacking the furniture, sign boards and window panes of classrooms. For 20 minutes, the mob ran amok.

The activity on the campus came to a standstill and the teachers on degree spot valuation duties boycotted the work and gathered at the Physics building. Vice-Chancellor V. Gopal Reddy called for an emergency meeting of teaching and non-teaching staff.

The police in large number rushed to the campus, but in vain. The students ran helter skelter and those involved in the activity fled the spot. However, four students-- Sunder, Uma Shankar, Ram Reddy and Ravi-- reportedly belonging to the ABVP, were taken in custody by the police and cases under IPC Sec 147, 148, 427, 353 and 332 were registered against them.

Speaking to The Hindu, Prof. Gopal Reddy said some outsiders were staying unauthorisedly in the hostels and they were responsible for the unrest. "Some students in the name of ABVP are behaving like goondas and virtually dictating terms to the staff. We will flush all the anti-social elements out of campus once the examinations are over soon," he said describing the incident as very bad.

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