Dalit student suicide: ABVP leader claimed stomach pain after ‘assault,’ was operated for appendicitis

Last August, ABVP leader Nandanam Susheel Kumar alleged he was assaulted by members of the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) in his hostel room. But the report of Archana Hospital in Madinaguda states he was operated upon for acute appendicitis on August 7.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: January 20, 2016 12:21 pm
Rohith’s mother Radhika at the University of Hyderabad campus, Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Harsha Vadlamani) Rohith’s mother Radhika at the University of Hyderabad campus, Tuesday. (Express Photo by: Harsha Vadlamani)

Question marks are being raised about the alleged assault of an ABVP leader at the centre of the row over the suspension of five Dalit students, including Rohith Vemula who committed suicide last Sunday, at the University of Hyderabad.

Last August, ABVP leader Nandanam Susheel Kumar alleged he was assaulted by members of the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) in his hostel room. But the report of Archana Hospital in Madinaguda where he was admitted by his brother Vishnu Kumar on August 4 “with alleged history of assault” states he was operated upon for acute appendicitis on August 7.

Dr Anupama Rao, Senior Medical Officer of the University of Hyderabad who, along with then Vice Chancellor R P Sharma, visited Susheel Kumar on

August 8 — a day after the surgery — told The Indian Express Tuesday: “After collecting all the medical reports of Susheel Kumar and examining them, I could not reach the conclusion that he developed appendicitis due to the alleged assault. There was one line that there was a bruise on his left shoulder. I could not say if he was allegedly punched or beaten up. I did not examine him as he did not come to me and the hospital’s report does not mention that he had any external or visible injury.”

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According to Dr Rao, the resident doctor and general physician at the hospital said they could not conclusively establish if the appendicitis deteriorated after Susheel Kumar was allegedly punched.

Dr Chenna Reddy, general physician at the Archana Hospital, said in his report: “26-year-old male admitted with alleged history of assault at 2.30 am on August 4. Complains of pain in abdomen and SOB (shortness of breath). Patient managed conservatively for two days in hospital. Suddenly, patient complained of severe abdomen pain in right iliac fossa with history of loose stool.

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USG abdomen taken on August 7 show acute appendicitis. PAC and surgical profile done, patient taken up for surgery. Diagnostic Lap and Appendectomy done under GA on August 7. Patient improved well and discharged with stable vitals.”

Dr Rao said the first question she asked Susheel Kumar was why he did not go to the 24×7 University Health Centre if he was feeling unwell after being allegedly punched in the abdomen.

“I asked him that question as it was past midnight when the incident happened and the nearest hospital was the campus health centre. He said that the ASA students did not allow him to go towards the health centre. He also said that fearing another assault, he had fled outside the campus from where he called his brother who came to pick him up and admit to hospital,” Dr Rao said.

“That night may be he felt unwell after the incident that is why he had to visit the hospital. Hospital records also show he complained of nausea, difficulty in breathing, and abdomen pain when he was admitted. Much later, we came to know that he also had appendicitis,” she said.

Duty Security Officer (DSO) Dilip Singh, who was the first to reach Susheel’s hostel room that night after receiving a call, said in his report that when he reached the spot, he saw ASA cadres and Susheel Kumar in a discussion.

“I did not see ASA members beating Susheel. At least it did not happen in front of me. Susheel agreed to give an apology letter and also apologise on FB (Facebook). We all proceeded to the security office where the matter could be settled. When Susheel was in the security jeep, some ASA members tried to pull him out during which the bruise on his left shoulder may have occurred and his shirt was torn,” Singh said.

Based on the reports by Dr Rao and Singh, the proctorial board first recommended that five students of ASA, including Rohith Vemula, be given strict warning not to indulge in such behaviour, and a warning to Susheel Kumar to desist from posting inflammatory comments.

On August 3,1 the proctorial board changed its stand and, based on Dr Rao’s report and statement of Susheel Kumar, it recommended suspension of Rohith Vemula, Dontha Prashanth, P Vijay Kumar, Sheshu Chemudugunta, and Velmula Sunkanna.

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    Beware.of.brahmins.using.Christian.names.like.Davi
    Jan 20, 2016 at 1:03 am
    George, David are brahmin COWards writing in Christian name to mislead.
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      Rahul.Sharma
      Jan 20, 2016 at 4:21 am
      ABVP guy secretly ate beef and suffered from apedicitis. How can some body get appendicitis even if he is punched in his stomach? Interesting!!
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        Jim
        Jan 19, 2016 at 11:45 pm
        What could be worse - a potential appendicitis burst due to physical ault Appendicitis shouldn't be underestimated. The fluid that spreads after it is burst infects a variety of internal organs. It can be fatal. A friend almost died of this infection. And this is in advanced care of UK
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          Vipul
          Jan 20, 2016 at 12:17 am
          BRUTAL DISINFORMATION BY BRAHMIN JIHADIST PARTY(BJP).
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            Jaga
            Jan 20, 2016 at 1:05 am
            Hindus, Muslims, Christians should jointly fight the hydra of Brahminism.
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              Satendra kumar
              Jan 20, 2016 at 12:36 am
              The question not about any community or communities is about truth a student who went aby with nonoperative with characteristic or uncharacteristic behaviour should be more acknowledged by the authorities.
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                Kumarpushp
                Jan 19, 2016 at 11:58 pm
                120 million dalits should collect one rupees from each dalit household so they will collect 120 million rupees which will be enough to pour petrol on Datttrya ,anti dalit VC appa Rao and ABVP.time has come 120 million dalits should join with 130 million muslims to devide the India and get Aistan.
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                  Natwar Lal
                  Jan 20, 2016 at 3:55 am
                  These ABVP goons are used to such drama. I have encountered many such dramas by the right wing during my student life.
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