Rohith Vemula’s death: ‘We are deeply hurt, expressed what’s in our heart’

Both Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who spoke before him, were visibly taken aback by the interruption.

Written by Manish Sahu , Mohd Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Updated: January 23, 2016 7:39 am
Protests during PM’s speech in Lucknow. Pramod Adhikari Protests during PM’s speech in Lucknow. Pramod Adhikari

The two Dalit students who interrupted Prime Minister Narendra Modi have told The Indian Express that they were “upset” over his silence on Rohith Vemula’s death.

‘Narendra Modi go back’ and ‘Rohith hum sharminda hain, Dronacharya abhi zinda hai (Rohith, we are ashamed that Dronacharya is still alive)’ — these were the slogans Ram Karan Nirmal and Amrendra Kumar Arya shouted as Modi began his address, before being escorted away by security personnel.

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Both Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who spoke before him, were visibly taken aback by the interruption.

Station Officer at Ashiyana police station Santosh Kumar Tiwari said the students were taken into custody under CrPC section 151 for breach of peace and later released on personal bonds. The two have completed their LLB from Banaras Hindu University and LLM in Human Rights from Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), where they had gone Friday to collect their degrees.

“We expressed what we had in our heart. We also participated in a protest near the secretariat in Delhi,” Arya said.

Nirmal, who comes from Kaushambi, and Arya, a resident of Sant Kabir Nagar, are now flatmates in the capital, where they are preparing for judicial competitive examinations.

“We were upset that our Prime Minister was not speaking on the issue. Today’s protest was only to bring to his notice that people are hurt over Rohith’s death and want an answer from him,” Arya, son of a retired government employee, said. “We both had come to Lucknow on Friday morning to collect our degrees.”

Nirmal, a gold medallist in college and the son of a farmer, said, “We students are deeply hurt over several issues, including the deaths of (Dadri lynching victim Mohammad) Akhlaq and (rationalist Narendra) Dabholkar. I raised my voice today.” He added that he has no affiliation to any political outfit.

Before the start of Modi’s programme, instructions were issued to students to maintain decorum.

BBAU vice-chancellor R C Sobti said that a few months ago, disciplinary action had been taken against Nirmal for taking out a protest march on the campus. He is known to lead protests on various issues, Sobti added.

Sobti said that since the heckling was done by a graduate, there was little he could do. “It was done by Ram Karan. He has completed his LLM and has come to collect his degree. Since he is a graduate, what can I do? The university cannot take action against graduates. It is a democracy… They have already collected their mark-sheet and there is no way to prevent them from taking the degree,” Sobti said.

When contacted, the BBAU Proctor said, “No student from our university has been taken into police custody. The matter was resolved as the student was taken away from the hall.”

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    Karunakaran
    Jan 23, 2016 at 1:37 am
    About 200 million Dalits will be voting against the BJP and the selfie-hunting joker at the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019. BJP was super lucky to receive 31% votes at the last Lok Sabha elections. At the next Lok Sabha election, BJP cannot get more than about 15% of the votes. No Muslim votes. No Dalit votes. No South India votes. No Delhi votes. No Bihar votes. And believe it or not, hardly any Gujarat votes! So get ready for Mr Nitish Kumar to be the next PM.
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      Prasenjit Biswas
      Jan 23, 2016 at 5:27 am
      THis protest by students whose minds are without fear tells about the level of intolerance created in this country. Even the university is becoming a place of intolerance. Instead of answering issues raised by protestors the VC of the university is exactly behaving the way Hyderabad Vc behaved. The protesting students are disallowed to stay on campus, but under which rule of the university? Isn't all this arbitrary as dissent is the lifeline of a university. Rohit Vemula' case exposes union government's atude to higher education.
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        K M
        Jan 23, 2016 at 7:19 am
        A section of students aided and abetted by leftists parties are deliberately creating chaos in our universities even in IITs in the name of agitations on matters not related to their studies. It is these fringe elements responsible for organising beef parties, love -kiss parties and spreading rabid hatred against the majority community. Unless these fellows are dealt with firmly, our unis will become totally useless. As such there are no takers for teaching profession. Now the situation will become worse as teachers belonging to forward commnunites are being made scapegoats.
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          K M
          Jan 23, 2016 at 7:23 am
          We are also deeply hurt from the way reservations being extended perennially.
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            K M
            Jan 23, 2016 at 7:21 am
            Yes people like you will elect leaders like Lallu, Mamta etc., and the results are for every one to see.
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              Me Marathi
              Jan 23, 2016 at 10:36 am
              These sc*ms Nirmal and arya are a blot to Indians. They are spoiling buddhists image of India. They need to be strictly reprimanded and a strict vigil to be kept on them . That may prevent their brain washing from lullah owaisi and church stooges.
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                Me Marathi
                Jan 23, 2016 at 10:34 am
                You are brain washed jihiadi just like rohit. Only solution is to give you 3rd degree or a gautonamo. That may make you sane and sound. If that doesn't works out , like a mad dog , you need to be put down.
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                  Me Marathi
                  Jan 23, 2016 at 4:35 am
                  Nirmal and arya should be given strict warning and should be kept under a watch. Care should be taken that they are not brain washed by mullahs and owaisi types.
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                    minutha karkera
                    Jan 23, 2016 at 3:06 am
                    Nitish Kumar are u joking he cannot arrest one of his mla for aulting women he is not a pan India leader jungle raj has returned to Bihar and Kujjliwal no credibility till now empty vessel make lot of noise
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                      mohan
                      Jan 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm
                      Andra pradesh is known for its notorious politicians . Physical elimination of rivals began soon after YSR became CM in 2004. KCR never uttered a word about Telangana as long as YSR was alive. YSR knew the art of keeping the telangana genie in the bottle. In 2004, YSR had walked for 1400 kms to make peace with Maoists and win the election. After uming power, YSR released many naxals from prison and also funded several extremist groups. The unholy nexus extended to LTTE cadres and Jihadis, resulting in smuggling of different kinds of arms and ammunition. This resulted in the making of a Red corridor spanning over 15 states from Nepal to Kerala. the people of Andhra and Telangana are really lucky to have escaped from the clutches of a Monster Mafia. There are many questions related to the death of Rohith Vemula and this should not be simply written off as a case of suicide. The centre should form a Special Investigation Team and bring out the truth. The entire nation wants to know it. The government should not buckle under the media created hysteria and political pressure
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                        Lakshmi
                        Jan 23, 2016 at 7:15 am
                        The only way forward is to remove any and every caste, religion, gender based aspects from every bit of public life. For admissions and scholarship, only merit and parental income should matter. For jobs, only qualification and apude should matter. It is now nearly 7 decades this wearing the positive discrimination openly has corroded society. It is worth putting up with agitation for a while and get rid of this malaise in the society. And that goes for Kashmir too. In public, you should be just an Indian.
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                          MKRao
                          Jan 23, 2016 at 6:56 am
                          Rohit is not a dalit and was collecting his scholarship as SC!
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                            rajan luthra
                            Jan 23, 2016 at 4:43 am
                            The two have not claimed any political affiliations; nor were they apparently instigated by anyone. BJP does not need to be taken aback because all such things happen regularly against Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal in their public gatherings courtesy opposition parties. A taste of their own medicine
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                              Bala
                              Jan 23, 2016 at 3:37 am
                              Why no body talks about the law and order being a state issue, why people blane central govt for dalit issues in UP, Karnataka writers issue and others
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                                sp
                                Jan 23, 2016 at 4:10 am
                                Every body believes in Modi only. Any person if hurt by heart or soul, blames only Modi. He does not believe in others. Modi wants that his outputs should be visible at the lowest level.
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                                  Sundar Narasimhan
                                  Jan 23, 2016 at 7:55 am
                                  Good research - who wants the Ph.D for this?
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                                    Suresh Chennala
                                    Jan 23, 2016 at 4:25 am
                                    This is ridiculous. Anything happens anywhere in the country, Modi is held responsible and people expect him to reply. If this is done, then he will not be able to do any work and will simply spend all working hours giving replies. Indians are too emotional, they need to cool down. Unfortunately, most Indians are immature and childish. They get hurt by sill things, protest for stupid reasons. None of them ever think rationally. The less said about the political parties like congress, the communists and the sickular parties, the better it is as they simply are unwilling to accept the verdict of the last national elections. They think that they alone have the right to power. A student's suicide is made into a Dalit and Non Dalit issue, purely for political gains. This is utter nonsense.
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                                      Swamy
                                      Jan 23, 2016 at 7:09 am
                                      Was it not Mo00dyji who took upon himself and promised with his huge Chest He will full fill His promises of last two years?Was it not M00dyji who blamed others for all issues instead of solving it and Creates new non-issues to erase people memory and divert attention about earlier promises? If a PM is representative of all Indians not only BJP/RSS members.M00dyji never condemn any barbaric act or campaign of RSS/BJP stooges, whatever comes is quite meek and taken as a silent condoning and nod for lynching, killing and suppressing by BJP pracharaks.
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                                        Swamy
                                        Jan 23, 2016 at 7:03 am
                                        why not ban them for life and slap sedition charges on them.Hardik Patel was arrested under similar charges and Rohith was suppressed by present DronaAcharya and His BJP controllers form Central Government. The only Brain washed are RSS Brahman lobbyist.They misuse religion and spread false Prachar's.BabaSaheb was Brain washed so He penned Riddles in Hinduism and accept Dhamma with 22 sacred Vows. True Hindus, Dalits and Minorities will see to it M00dyji do not fool Indians with His Multi national Companies sponsored Media Campaign to fool poor Indians.
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