Rohith Vemula suicide: Police ready to move in, students set for face-off

Fearing that police in riot gear may move into the university “any time”, the JAC also asked hostel students and volunteers to sleep at the protest venue overnight.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: January 23, 2016 7:29 am

The agitation over the suicide of a Dalit research scholar in Hyderabad appeared to be heading towards a confrontation tonight, with police preparing to evacuate seven students on hunger strike on the central university campus.

Official sources confirmed that Cyberabad Police have received instructions to depute “a sizeable contingent” to the university so that the evacuation of the fasting students could be done “without any untoward incident”.

The seven students — Gummadi Prabhakar, G Umamaheshwara Rao, V Aryat, K P Manoj, T Rames, Konidala Jairam, and K Krishnaiah — were earlier examined by doctors who expressed concern at their dipping blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

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Anticipating police action, the Students Joint Action Committee, which is leading the protest at the university following the suicide of Rohith Vemula on Sunday, has asked volunteers to form a protective ring around the fasting students.

Fearing that police in riot gear may move into the university “any time”, the JAC also asked hostel students and volunteers to sleep at the protest venue overnight.

The late-night development came after the JAC rejected all appeals and offers of negotiations from the university earlier in the day – the fifth day of the stalemate. Late on Friday, the university also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 8 lakh to the bereaved family of Rohith, an offer that was immediately rejected by JAC.

The JAC maintained that the university’s circular “terminating” the suspension of the five Dalit students, including Vemula, for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader last year was “not acceptable”. They also demanded that Vice-Chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile resign and surrender to police.

On Friday, the students also met five faculty members and narrated the sequence of events that led to Rohith’s suicide. “We request you to think rationally and apply some reason and decide if what has happened is fair or unfair,” said JAC convenor Venkatesh Chauhan.

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  1. J
    Jan 23, 2016 at 9:10 am
    This guy and both his parents are not Dalit the cyberabad police have found
    1. S
      Srividya Jayaraman
      Jan 23, 2016 at 3:08 am
      It's high time now for all uppercase the government has to make seperate college a with upperclasz staff. Let the Dalit and Leftist students study in the Central university with Daliit VC and teaching staff. Because tomorrow if an U ppercaste guy take action against Dalit student for indiscipline and anti-social activities again.this kind of protest will take place and blackmailing.
      1. D
        Jan 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm
        Brahmins against Dalits. Dalits are fair people. Brahmins are deable.
        1. A
          Jan 23, 2016 at 2:42 am
          Why the hunger strike now students union should be banned they are just tools of political parties why couldn't these students stop the death of the student
          1. B
            Bharat Kumar
            Jan 23, 2016 at 6:17 am
            Diseased system: Our systems have been compromised to a level, where honestly and nationalism have now come to mean being naive ! A parent with diseases puts enormous burden on the children. Similarly the expectation of the government from the youth of the country without providing for quality education or health is no different from a sick parent. The consequence is that the youth will find their own way out of the country, or their own ways - drugs, crime, etc., anything which will get them out of misery. Or some kill themselves The Government has to do something which looks like a revolution, not token reforms and events. Have a look at Brazil and why the country which was emerging until a few years ago, just veered completely to the left, elected a labor leader and since then lost its way. China treats corruption like the middle east treat drug traffickers ! Eliminate the people. We don't need to go to extremes, but we could be pushed to limits if we don't act now. Time to show the mettle and stop the petty fights Reviving the economy: Reviving the economy needs a revolution. China selectively hangs corrupt fellows and those cheat the system. We are a democracy so wouldn't do that. The battle lines are drawn between the bureaucrats and the industrialists, traders and rich farmers, all of whom have realised that they have looted the country beyond redemption. Anyone who has taken a loan or largesse including land grant must be asked to surrender a part of their wealth to the government which must use it to write off the banks loans and let the bank start lending again ! It is futile to argue that nothing wrong was done. We know that money couldn't have been without greasing the bureaucrats and corrupt officers. Next any public servant who has ets beyond what is accountable from ry and investment has to surrender the wealth. In short the prime minister and finance minister would do well to look for the black money within the country, not outside. If people refuse to toe the line, they must have the courage to do what Indira hi has done - nationalise. But this time, ensure people of merit are appointed to run companies and insutions, not unskilled bureaucrats.
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