Hyderabad: Brushing aside the warning by the police department that their proposed ‘Chalo Arts College’ Rally would be broken up and strict action taken against them, members of the Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee on Sunday vowed to go ahead with their hunger fast protest at the Arts College from Monday.
The OUJAC members said they would begin their indefinite hunger strike to press for their separate statehood demand. “We will sit on a hunger fast in a peaceful and democratic manner,” the students’ leaders told media persons at a meeting organised by the Telangana Journalists Forum in the campus.
The statement comes a day after Hyderabad Police commissioner A K Khan had said that no official permission has been granted for the proposed ‘Chalo Arts College’ Rally as the organisers have not applied for it.
Mr Khan had, cautioning the students of Osmania University not to violate Supreme Courts orders, said that the proposed mass indefinite hunger strike (Telangana Vidhyarthi Samuhika Amara Nirahara Deksha) called by the Telangana Student Joint Action Committee for July 11 is illegal since Section 144 is in place.
Pointing out that as per the Supreme Court orders in connection with Osmania University Directives No III, Mr Khan had said that no outsiders (except for Osmania University students, teaching and non teaching staff) are allowed to conduct any meetings or any other programmes inside the campus of the University.
“The Chalo Art College call, given by the TSJAC for Monday is in violation of the Supreme Court’s orders,” Mr Khan had said.
He had further pointed out that no official permission has been granted by the competent authorities for the rally, nor the organizers of the programme have applied for any such permission.(INN)