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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    Arvind
    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.
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      cherans
      Jan 23, 2016 at 6:04 pm
      Under RSS government...do not expect any worth thing happening in India....
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        crickin
        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
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          Edward
          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.
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            Francis
            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.
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              Ganesh
              Jan 23, 2016 at 2:38 pm
              Oh, Has the mega corrupt Con party promised higher payment?
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                Harsha
                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?
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                  Akshay
                  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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                    IML sood
                    Jan 23, 2016 at 3:07 pm
                    A what they wifi get by their ill thought action.on instigation of vested interest. They seems to get maximum advantage from this tragedy which is disgusting. A probe is being conducted to established whether they are actually Dalit. In case, God forbid, where will Chest thumping so called leaders Kujli,Pappu and many more hide their faces. Be sensitive to such unfortunate incidents, stop playing political card always.Peplle are wise now, so they will not be able to fool them but will surely lose their play game to run down the Govt.
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                      Indian
                      Jan 23, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                      India needs freedom from the Pressutes, who like vultures are trying to destroy the nation through misinformation, lies, and false propaa. Unfortunately, the corrupt media, instead of being the watchdog, has become the slave dog of Corrupt Parties and terror elements.
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                        Srividya Jayaraman
                        Jan 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                        I have doubt over the 4 friends..According to Susheel Kumar Robot and his friends always used to be together. Then how come during the death he was alone. There was also a gap of 6 hours difference from the death and the body found. Why was he alone that day?
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                          Srividya Jayaraman
                          Jan 23, 2016 at 3:26 pm
                          Rohit and his family must be supporters of Naxalites.
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                            Lalit
                            Jan 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                            The investigation should focus on who were with Rohith, when he committed "suicide", who released the typed "suicide letter" to the media that carefully and deliberately excluded Rohit's criticism of Communist Parties and Left Politics, and who are all spreading misinformation and lies to the media.
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                              Saurabh
                              Jan 23, 2016 at 10:01 pm
                              Be it Dalit or Brahmins or Hindu or Muslim or any other religions, no student should be discriminated in such a manner. PM should take stringent action against VC and minister to set an example for society.
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                                Saurabh
                                Jan 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm
                                Reasons for prosperity of kerala is due less discrimination based on caste and gender. Look at there male female ratio. People there think rationally and logically, they long time ago rejected dominance of Brahmins. And slowly others States will also follow
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                                  Henna
                                  Jan 25, 2016 at 3:41 pm
                                  Alas! Even after this nothing will change. Dalits will suffer and politicians will use this as an opportunity to spread their agenda
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                                    Suresh
                                    Jan 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                                    He joined the university with fake SC certificate. Used the university facilities to indulge in politics glorifying Yakub Memon, the terrorist responsible for Mumbai blasts that killed 143 civilians. He allowed himself to be used by Congress and Communists to support terrorists and anti national elements. He did not focus on the primary purpose of joining the university: Studies. At the end the corrupt and anti national forces used him and threw him away. At the end he realised that he was used by these selfish political elements. He could not continue his studies since his mind was polluted by political venom spra by corrupt elements. He committed suicide. Who is to blame for this?
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                                      Vijay
                                      Jan 23, 2016 at 7:59 pm
                                      Irani you have the gall to call up a mother whose son you and Dattatraya murdered. You are responsible for his death. A mother has lost her son. Shame on you.
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                                        Vijay
                                        Jan 23, 2016 at 8:01 pm
                                        Modiji kuch toh karo. Your are the Primer Minister of the country and not its figure head President. Or is it because you are spineless. For once stand up and do what is right. Dont just talk but follow it up with action.
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                                          Abhijit Bhattacharya
                                          Jan 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm
                                          He may be spineless, but not chestless...that also 56", as he himself told us!!!
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                                            andy
                                            Jan 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm
                                            Most of andhra people convert to christians because of money.even late rajesheker reddy converted to Christian.this rohit also converted because of admission in university.
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