Hyderabad: The Acharya Nagarjuna University has suspended four students for participating in a “Save Amaravati” protest in Nagarjunanagar on Saturday.
The students have been identified as Aswirvadam, Naveen and Raju from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. The fourth, Edukondalu, is a student of English.
Ever since the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh moved ahead with its three-capital formula, reducing the stature of Amaravati, protests by farmers, students and women have erupted in the state. The agitation gained momentum particularly after the government said it would make Visakhapatnam as the executive capital.
The varsity vice-chancellor has served a notice to the four students and their HODs, mentioning the suspension order.
ANU suspending 4 students for participating in Pro-#Amaravati programme, & calling them Anti-Govt is highly condemnable. 2 of them are pursuing #journalism. 1st don't they have the #right to peaceful protest? 2nd isn't the role of a journalist to question wrong decisions of Govt? pic.twitter.com/2C6LHHszRY
— Jay Galla (@JayGalla) February 2, 2020
The notice read, “As per the orders of the Vice-Chancellor, Acharya Nagarjuna University, the following students are suspended from the university hostels with immediate effect for their participation in anti-government activities. They have participated in the anti-government activities of A.P. J.A.C for Amaravati. The issue is referred to the University Disciplinary Committee to seek an explanation from the students and decide the period of punishment.”