‘Save Amaravati’ heat has touched the universities in the district with various student unions taking an active part in the farmer protests. Seems like the YSRCP government which ignored the student participation so far rolled up its sleeves to curd the protests at the student level. In a recent revelation, four students from Acharya Nagarjuna University hostel in Guntur have been suspended for allegedly joining voice with Amaravati farmers against the ‘three capital’ decision. According to the circular issued by the Vice-Chancellor, Ashirvadam, Naveen, Raju and Edukondalu who are studying in journalism and English departments were served suspension notices on Sunday.
The University authorities alleged the students participated in ‘Save Amaravati’ protests organised by the Amaravati Parirakshana Samiti Joint Action Committee (JAC) which was termed as an ‘anti-government’ activity. However, the suspension order didn’t mention the period of punishment and referred to the university disciplinary committee to seek an explanation from the four students over the same. The move received a wave of outrage from the student unions who announced an indefinite hunger strike from Monday if the suspension is not withdrawn. “ Authorities are not supposed to issue notices on a holiday. Vice-Chancellor Rajasekhar is supporting the ruling party acting a puppet in the hands of the government,” accused one of the student leaders.