In Custody – Hyderabad Central University testimonies

The events at the University of Hyderabad on March 22 following the return of Prof. Podile Appa Rao as its Vice Chancellor have been well documented. 27 people including students, faculty and an independent documentary maker were arrested by the police, and subsequently charged with various criminal sections including Damage to Public Property, Causing Hurt with a Dangerous Weapon, Rioting and Criminal Intimidation. Accounts by reporters and others who met the arrested individuals suggested arbitrary arrest and unlawful treatment by the police amounting to police brutality in some cases.
In the featured video, the first of a series, five of those twenty-seven arrested recount their experiences of the 22nd of March and the week after; of being in police custody, judicial custody, prison, and in a university that is comparable to jail.


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