Six students affiliated to All India Students Association(AISA) and the Students Federation of India(SFI) at Hyderabad University were detained at the campus over the screening of a film called 'Ram Ke Naam'. These detention led to fresh protest in the university campus
The students were taken into custody and the documentary screening at Sociology department lecture hall was stopped by police who entered HCU campus at around 3 pm.
Police had received a complaint from university administration that no permission was given to conduct a screening.
Whereas, the students claimed that they sought and were given permission by varsity’s administration to screen this movie by Anand Patwardhan, Ram Ke Naam, but police officials were called to stop the screening. Laptop of a student has also been seized by the police, said students who were at the screening.
Soon after the incident, the students staged protest against the detention, demanding immediate release of the detained students.
All India Students Association issued a statement which said that though initially written permission had been granted by the Sociology department, they were not allowed to screen the movie in the new seminar hall in social sciences building on the grounds that the hall would not be given to any students' organisation or affiliated students' wings.
Later on, students were informed that they could screen the film in the first year Sociology lecture hall. “The policemen came in brandishing their authority, confiscated the laptop of a student. When students protested, a few of them were detained,” read the statement.
Several students also took to social media to vent their anger and criticise the current Student Union for failing to protect the interests of the student community.
The students were later let off by the police.
"As the students had no permission from University authorities to screen the film, they were brought to the police station and counselled in the presence of their professors. As it was found that the students had attempted no such activities in the recent past also, they were told not to be involved in any activities which may disturb the atmosphere," said police officials from Cyberabad.