Rahul denied visit to varsity on security grounds

Hyderabad: Citing security concerns, Osmania University declined permission for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s proposed meeting with students on its campus during his visit to the state on 13 and 14 August.

University Registrar Ch Gopal Reddy said they declined permission as they had no mechanism to provide security to the congress leader.

However, they might review the decision if local police or any other government agency such as the special protection group (SPG) assures the university of Gandhi’s security, he said.

“We declined the permission on security grounds. Since he (Rahul Gandhi) is a person under ‘Z’ plus category security cover, we will not be able to provide security for him.

Some students are opposing his visit while some welcome him. It may also lead to tension during his visit. So we told them (group of students) about our inability to provide enough security for his visit,” Reddy told PTI.

Telangana Congress leaders had earlier said Gandhi would address students at the campus during his visit.

Asked about the proposed meeting at the University, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president N Uttam Kumar Reddy said university students had invited Gandhi.

They applied to the university vice-chancellor and police for permission and the matter was under consideration, he had earlier said.

He alleged that some senior leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) did not want Gandhi to visit the university. The University is said to be the hotbed of the separate Telangana agitation.