In a crackdown on activists who were protesting at Gun Park in Hyderabad on Friday,14 September, the Telangana Police allegedly manhandled prominent activist and educationist Professor G Haragopal.The activists had gathered at Gun Park, under the banner of the Save Education Committee, and were planning to launch a national campaign called the ‘Save Education Yatra’ to ensure free education for all. The campaign also aimed to remind the ruling TRS of its promise of free education from kindergarten to post-graduation.However, claiming that the gathering was illegal as they did not take prior permission, the Saifabad police allegedly manhandled the activists and forcefully bundled them up in vans.Visuals from the protest show Professor Haragopal being pushed around by police, as they try to detain him. He then falls to the ground before being picked up and shoved into the van. A few students were also reportedly injured during the scuffle.The professor was later taken to Bollarum police station while the others were let off.Others who have been detained include Professor Vishweshwar Rao and Professor Laxminarayana.Crackdown on Activists: 67% UAPA Cases End In Acquittal/DischargeSaifabad police officer Venkat Reddy said that the gathering was illegal and had caused inconvenience.“We did not register any case. The students didn’t let the police detain the activists, so we had to forcefully take them. No charges were filed against them. This is only preventive detention.”Saifabad police officer Venkat ReddyHe further added that one girl, who had fainted during the commotion, is well and has gone home.Not Curbing Dissent, Have Evidence: Maha Govt on Activists’ ArrestPolice Did Resort to Rough Treatment: Prof HaragopalSpeaking to TNM, Professor Haragopal, who has since been released, said, “The police did resort to rough treatment.” He said that the Yatra was meant to be a 100-day national campaign, demanding that the Centre ensure that the poorest of the poor get quality education for free.Sandhya, an activist who also took part in the protest, said,“This is the first time that Professor Haragopal has been manhandled in this manner. Even under the Andhra regime, we didn’t face such brutality. Both the Centre and KCR government specifically have been attacking the educationists. This is really shameful. If civil rights activists don’t condemn it, it will be a shame.”Professor Haragopal works at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Hyderabad and is also a visiting professor at the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) in Bengaluru.(This article was first published on The News Minute and has been republished in an arrangement.) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.