Journalist booked for entering UoH without authorisation

Hyderabad: Cyberabad Police on Wednesday registered a case on charge of trespass against a journalist working for an English magazine, for allegedly entering the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus without authorisation.

Following a complaint by the varsity security officials, a case was booked against Kunal S on charge of trespass and other relevant sections of IPC, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Zone) P Vishwa Prasad said.

The complainant accused Kunal of clandestinely sneaking into the varsity and covering an event (protest) by a group of students on the first death anniversary of research scholar Rohit Vemula, who “committed” suicide in a hostel room on the UoH campus on January 17 last year.

“We are investigating into the matter,” the DCP said.

On his part, Kunal said he went inside the campus on an official duty for collecting information with regard to protest after being invited by a faculty member of the varsity.

“I was accosted by UoH security personnel and later taken to Cyberabad Commissionerate by local police where an ACP rank officer questioned me for hours together before being let off,” he said.

Kunal said he had entered the varsity after showing his ID card and now the varsity is claiming he was not having visitor pass for entering the campus.

Further probe is on.

In view of the programmes planned by the JAC for Social Justice at UoH to mark Vemula’s death anniversary today, the university had yesterday said it has not issued any permission to hold such activities.

“The university cannot provide a platform for outsiders to participate in the activities called by insiders or outsiders when there is no permission for the same,” a circular from UoH said.

There is a ban prevailing on the campus on allowing outsiders into the campus and hence the university will not entertain any outsiders directly or indirectly to enter the campus, it said.

The high court has barred entry of all outsiders into the university campus, it said.