Several agitating students of University of Hyderabad attacked the house of Vice-chancellor Professor P Appa Rao on March 22 morning and vandalized furniture.
The students smashed furniture, computers, printers and window panes.
The situation was brought under control only after police arrived at the location.
The attack happened soon after Professor Rao, who is accused by Hyderabad Central University’s Ambedkar Students Association for being responsible for the suicide of Rohith Vemula, arrived at the guesthouse in the campus and called a media conference. He was on a leave after the incident that triggered a storm.
“He is the main one involved in Rohith’s death and everyone knows that. The case is still pending in court. Without informing anyone, he came back to his position and called an executive council meeting. Only deans and nominated people should be attending the meetings but some students are also present inside,” a protesting student said.
Vemula’s suicide had snowballed into a major political controversy with his family, a section of students, and the opposition putting the blame on the vice-chancellors, Union Minister Bandarau Dattatreya and HRD minister Smriti Irani.
Irani had earlier said that the incident was being misrepresented with “malicious intent” as a “caste battle”. She has also dismissed allegations of influencing university authorities into suspending five research scholars, including Rohith Vemula.
Dattatreya had written to Irani in August last year, accusing the university of being a “mute spectator” after a group of Dalit students, including Vemula, clashed with ABVP leader Nandanam Susheel Kumar.
The HRD Ministry had subsequently sent an email and four reminders to the institution to respond with comments/facts on the issues raised by Dattatreya so that a reply could be drafted by the government.
26-year-old Rohith Vemula who hanged himself in HCU campus in January, was suspended from his hostel in August last year for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader.
A suicide note left by Mr Vemula, 26, said he did not blame anyone for his decision. But a month before that, a despairing letter sent by him to the Vice Chancellor about caste discrimination said Dalit students should be given “a rope to hang themselves”.
Meanwhile, the university released Vemula’s fellowship arrears of Rs 1.77 lakh, the amount that was also mentioned in his suicide note. The cheque has been to Vemula’s mother, HCU authorities said.