Politics, protests over Hyderabad student’s death; Union Minister booked, Congress demands removal

Rohit was among the five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Updated: January 20, 2016 12:32 pm
suicide-759 The students demanded police register a case under SC/ST Atrocity Act against Union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya.

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were on Monday named in an FIR over the alleged suicide of a dalit student, triggering massive protests and demands for their removal from their posts.

The issue also took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against dalit students at the behest of Dattatreya, who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their “anti-national acts”.

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The dead student, Rohit Vemula, was among the five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader. They were also kept out of the hostel.

Police detain a girl students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. (PTI Photo) Police detain a girl students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. (PTI Photo)

Facing protests outside her office and residence in the Delhi, Irani reacted saying she would not make any political statement but await the report of a fact-finding committee.

She said the government neither intervenes in the functioning of the university nor does it have any administrative control over it. She shared the grief of the family of the dead student.

 

The Vice Chancellor said he would quit if the “majority” of the students, faculty and administrative want it. He said the action against the dalit students had happened much before he had come into the picture and he was working with the faculty to “reduce” the punishment.

“We have registered cases against them based on a complaint from some students. FIR was registered under IPC section 306 (abetment of suicide) and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. (Union Minister) Bandaru Dattatreya, Vice Chancellor Appa Rao, MLC Ramachandra Rao, and students Susheel Kumar and Rama Krishna have been named in the FIR,” Gachibowli Inspector J Ramesh Kumar told PTI.

READ | Suspended Dalit student hangs himself

The body of Rohit, found hanging in the university’s hostel room in the campus yesterday, was sent for post mortem amid protests by students today.

The agitating students demanded immediate removal of Dattareya from the Union Cabinet.

“Dattatreya should be removed from the Cabinet. Ramachandra Rao should be removed from the MLC post. Vice Chancellor should be sacked,” said D Prashant, one of the five suspended students.

Rohit’s suicide letter

The students alleged that Dattatreya was instrumental in suspension of the students from the university.

However, dismissing the allegations against him over the alleged suicide, Dattatreya said he has nothing to do with the issue.

“Anti-social, anti-national activities were going on in the university. ABVP activists were beaten up. At that time ABVP gave a representation. I forwarded the representation to the Ministry (of HRD). I don’t know what action they did. BJP or I have nothing to do with the incident…,” Dattatreya said.

Tension prevailed in the campus this morning when the police tried to move Rohit’s body to hospital for postmortem.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Jan 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm
    Garbage news
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      Abhinav Gour
      Jan 18, 2016 at 6:23 pm
      Garbage news
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        Ram Yadav
        Jan 18, 2016 at 11:14 am
        Communist and Congress are the caner to our society and they use these so called DALITS for there political mileage no use we will continue our support to TEAM MODI and we will teach lesson to COMMUNIST and CONGRESS GOONS I request dailts not to play in the hands of these cunning politicians and more over this STUDENT have very bad track record he and his friends attacked ABVP president recently case filed against these students (goons of communist) know filing case against BD shame on those police who booked case .after so called INTOLERANCE now they are trying mileage of dead student SHAME ON CORRUPT CONGRESS and COMMUNIST GOONS LONG LIVE ABVP
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          Raghuram
          Jan 18, 2016 at 9:45 am
          LONG LIVE ABVP these COMMUNIST GOONS on the name of case playing politics when Tens and thousands of ABVP workers killed by COMMUNIST GOONS this IE never reported media is playing dirty politics on MODI govt I request MODI and team to teach lesson to these goons and crush them with IRON HAND Proud to be STRONG SUPPORTER OF ABVP
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            Raghuram
            Jan 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm
            Rohit, not blamed any one this is clear case of financial burden these CONGRESS and COMMUNIST GOONS making it has political issue shame on these parties they are out and kicked out from the people of INDIA they are looking for every opportunity to make political color (playing on dead body sham shame ) has also mentioned that he never got his dues for seven months amounting to Rs. 1,75,000/-He was forced to take a loan of Rs.40,000/- over the same period. Money is the main reason for suicide. (ask our farmer community) . I hope the people enqy into his suicide will find out WHY he was not paid his dues in time, and fix Responsibility over the delay (which amounts to denial).I request these CORRUPT CONGRESS and COMMUNIST GOONS to stop playing policits shame on you morons LONG LIVE ABVP
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              Raghuram
              Jan 18, 2016 at 3:14 pm
              This is just case of frustration this student wrote clearly that no one is responsible for his death and CORRUPT CONGRESS and COMMUNIST GOONS are giving political color to this issues shame on these CANCER agents(congress and communist) shame on these both parties and DALITS are playing in there hands 60 years of FAKE I rules what did DALITS got shame on those dalits who support KFC waitress LONG LIVE ABVP
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                John
                Jan 18, 2016 at 8:05 pm
                So much hatred everywhere! Everyone, including but not limited to so called upper caste hindus, lower caste Hindus, Christians, Muslims, sicularists, and so on, need to introspect. This hatred towards others is not good. We don't need outsiders to destroy India, we will do it to ourselves.
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                  John
                  Jan 18, 2016 at 8:20 pm
                  There are so many who just want to take advantage of such unfortunate and sad incidents by misquoting and distorting the facts for their own agenda. There're problems and issues everywhere in India, it's a big and very complex society and these issues will never go away completely but we can work towards improving the situation. First we need to make sure we take personal responsibility and ensure we don't become party to such hatred (towards anybody) by any means. Media unfortunately helps in spreading the hatred by mis-quoting, by twisting facts, and by incomplete reporting. After reading his letter, the poor guy seemed depressed and has been struggling through out his life. Seems like he had some issues with his famliy as well. There are so many people in India who need psychological help and support, if people really want to help improve things, do something in this area. This, among others is a neglected area in India. May his soul attain moksha.
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