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NAPM Strongly Condemns the Police attack on the Inaugural of Telangana Vidya Porata (Save Education) Yatra at Hyderabad: Demands Investigation and Legal Action
NAPM stands with struggles against corporatization and communalization of education
22nd Sep 2018: National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) strongly condemns the repressive attack on the Telangana Vidya Porata (Save Education) Yatra last week i.e. on 14th Sept at Hyderabad, which included unlawful detention and manhandling of senior academicians, activists and students. The Yatra was undertaken in a peaceful manner and was announced much in advance by the SaveEducation Committee, an active associate of the All India Forum of Right to Education (AIFRTE), an ally of NAPM.
It is indeed shocking that the Yatra was stopped arbitrarily at the very first inaugural point at the Telangana Martyrs Pillar, Gunpark in Hyderabad, despite the police have accorded prior permission to the same ! The march was a part of a year-long action plan initiated by All India Forum for Right to Education. Several senior leaders of the Telangana Save Education Committee (TSEC), the Telangana Vidya Vedika (TVV) and Progressive Youth League (PYL) were detailed by the police for no stated reason.
Widely respected academicians-activists Prof. K.Chakradhar Rao, Prof. G. Hargopal (both Presidium members of AIFRTE and President and General Secretary respectively of TSEC) and Prof. K. Lakshminarayana (member of the National Executive AIFRTE and Organising Secratary of TSEC), Shri Maddileti (President of TVV), Shri Rajender (General Secretary of PYL) and Shri K.S. Pradeep (Vice-President of PYL) were also manhandled and nearly 100 persons belonging to students’, youth, women’s and other mass organisationswere roughed up and detained. They were all taken to a police station 13 kms away in Bolarum and detained until late evening.
NAPM takes strong exception to this clamp down by the Telangana Govt, which owes its existence largely to teachers and students associated with the Telangana statehood struggle, along with the masses of the region. This is a direct affront on the constitutional right to freedom of peaceful association and expression for lawful demands, particularly for an issue as important as education which is recognized as a fundamental and human right.
While we got to know later that the DGP of the state ‘apologized’ to Prof. Haragopal for the police action, the same is insufficient and at the bare minimum, a formal written, public apology and over and above that, prompt legal action against politicians and officers whoordered such forceful police action must be undertaken, to serve as a strong precedent against such arbitrary clamp-downs on future protests.
A fact finding committee may also be constituted under the chairmanship of a retired Judge of the High Court to investigate into the matter within a specified time period and to find out upon whose orders such an attack by the police was executed, despite obtaining proper prior permission for the march. As a strong ally of AIFRTE and SEC, NAPM expresses its full solidarity with the struggles byacademicians and students against corporatization and communalization of education across the country.
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