University of Hyderabad students protesting outside the vice-chancellor's residence on Tuesday were attacked by the police and forcibly removed. Videos from the day show the police dragging students away and using their batons on them. Reports from the university today say the protesting students were cut off from access to food or water.
A YouTube channel named "Justice for Rohith" has now put out testimonies of the students describing the violence.
In the video below, a woman student describes the ordeal. She was hit on her rib-cage and had to be taken to the hospital since she was struggling to breathe. She also says five other students had to be taken to the hospital, with two of them said to have been admitted.
The student in the video below says that the police told them to vacate the grounds they were protesting on since it was a private residence. When the students refused, they were dragged out. Once outside the gate, the police allegedly told them to run. He did not run and so was charged by batons, he says, and shows bruises to prove those claims.
Most of the women students were molested by the policemen, they say. The student in the video below says when she complained to a police woman about being molested, she was slapped in response.
In the video below, this PhD student says police hit students in their private parts. He says their protests have been peaceful for the past three months, but with the return of the vice-chancellor violence has ensued.
The student in the video below says that they were questioning the vice-chancellor's return at a time when the judicial inquiry into Vemula's death wasn't over. They were also questioning why he hadn't been arrested despite being charged with the SC/ST Atrocities Act. He also shows bruises from being attacked and says that many students have been hurt, especially women.
Outsiders are not being allowed on the campus following the violence. In the video below, this student says anyone who supports the students is being denied entry – and the media too.