Rohith Vemula’s family rejects ex gratia, criticises PM Narendra Modi, Irani

Vemula's mother Radhika, sister Neelima and brother Raju, who visited the campus, demanded that "those responsible for his death" be brought to book.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Updated: January 23, 2016 8:28 pm
Rohith Vemula, Hyderabad University, Narendra Modi, Modi rohith vemula, Modi Dalit student, Smriti Irani Dalit student Artists from Moradabad pay tributes to Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide at the Hyderabad Central University, on Friday. (PTI Photo)

In a rebuff to Hyderabad Central University, the family members of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who allegedly committed suicide in a hostel room, today rejected the ex-gratia offered to them, and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, asking why it took them five days to respond.

Vemula’s mother Radhika, sister Neelima and brother Raju, who visited the campus, demanded that “those responsible for his death” be brought to book. “Not Rs 8 lakh, we don’t want even if you give Rs 8 crores…from HCU where he died,” Neelima said.

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The HCU had yesterday announced an ex gratia of Rs 8 lakh to the family. “Smriti Irani…she called up after five days. Why it took five days? You are also a woman…you are also a mother…it took five days (to call up the family and condole the death). “I want to know why he died. You killed or he died? Why was he suspended? Those responsible should be arrested and punished. That’s the only thing I want,” she said.

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Raju said, “The Prime Minister says he (Rohith) was a son of Mother India. I am not big enough to talk about him (PM) …Why he did not speak for five days?” Rohith’s sister said he was not a “timid” person and termed his suicide as a “murder”. She demanded that punishment be given to Susheel Kumar, the ABVP leader who was allegedly assaulted by Rohith and four other students, and varsity’s Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile.

“We want to know the reasons behind Rohith’s death. It’s not a suicide. His is not timid. He was prompted to commit suicide. Those responsible for that murder should be given punishment…first is Shusheel Kumar, second is the VC,” she said. She also sought to know why the family was not informed of Rohith’s suspension. Breaking his silence on the matter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday said: “When there is news that a youth of my country, Rohith, was compelled to commit suicide, what his family must have gone through. Mother India has lost a son. There will be reasons, there will be politics (surrounding it) but the fact remains that a mother has lost
her son. I feel the pain very well.”

Irani had yesterday sought to reach out to the family and spoke to Vemula’s mother over telephone. She had assured her that justice would be done on the basis of a judicial inquiry.

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  1. A
    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm
    Just like the Award Vapsi drama, returned the awards only to take it back after Bihar elections, you won't be surprised if you get the news later that the family "agreed" to accept the payment.
    1. C
      Jan 23, 2016 at 6:04 pm
      Under RSS not expect any worth thing happening in India....
      1. C
        Jan 23, 2016 at 3:51 pm
        Does IExprs has any telugu speaking reporters in Hyd. VRohit's mother and brother gave interview to bunch of telugu media people. His brother said 1. Rohit is merit student (90%), got admission on merit 2. They belong to OBC not SC/ST 3. His mother asked why media is asking/discussing caste all the time, her son is gone, w family is in loss...but..why media is asking about caste, why politics... IExpr is a bio tch news site. How low can you guys go down. What a waste of time even to read headlines in Indian news sites. Eff ing stupiod mfers indian jorunos
        1. E
          Jan 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm
          The Corrupt and anti national political parties glorified the terrorist Yakub Memon. The corrupt and anti national media glorified the terrorist Yakub Memon. These elements were using vulnerable and backward sections of the society to spread the anti national propaa. Unfortunately, it appears Rohith fell in their trap and ruined his life and career.
          1. F
            Jan 23, 2016 at 2:40 pm
            Rohith's family should understand that it is Congress and Commmunist politics (glorifying terrorists like Yakub Memon) that has killed their son.
            1. G
              Jan 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm
              Oh, Has the mega corrupt Con party promised higher payment?
              1. H
                Jan 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                Why blame Modi for their son's misdeed? Did Modi tell Rohith to join radical groups to support Terrorist Yakub Memon? Did Modi tell Rohith not to concentrate in his studies and instead indulge in politics at the university in support of corrupt and terror elements?
                1. A
                  Jan 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm
                  Brave family. May God give you strength to deal with this great loss. RIP Rohith.
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