Rohith Vemula’s mother has a request for Smriti: Stop spreading lies

Radhika Vemula, flanked by her other son Raja, said BJP will be decimated to the ground if PM does not take any action against Irani .

Written by Kedar Nagarajan | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2016 2:50 pm
smriti irani, rohith vemula, Rohith vemula suicide, dalit student suicide, HRD minister, dalit suicide case, rohith vemula mother, rohith vemula caste controversy, india news, latest news Rohith Vemula’s mother, brother in New Delhi on Friday. (Express Photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Mother of Rohith Vemula, the Dalit student who committed suicide at Hyderabad University last month, has accused Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani of spreading “blatant lies” in Parliament about the events surrounding her son’s death.

Addressing a press conference along with Rohith’s brother Raja and friend Dontha Prashant, Radhika responded to several observations that Irani had made and urged her to “end her spree of misrepresenting facts”.

Vemula committed suicide after he was suspended by the university, along with five other Dalit students including Prashant, for allegedly assaulting an ABVP leader.

On Friday, Radhika said the BJP would be “decimated to the ground” if Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not intervene and take action against Irani and her Cabinet colleague Bandaru Dattatreya, who had written multiple letters to her seeking action against Rohith, alleging anti-national activities.

Radhika said, “There is no bigger insult to a mother than her son being called anti-national. At Ambedkar University, Narendra Modi referring to Rohith said, that India has lost a son. This is the same son that his Cabinet Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has called anti-national. If he believes this, why has he not taken action against Bandaru Dattatreya and Smriti Irani.”

Prashanth, a student of the University of Hyderabad (UoH), elaborated on points that he said Irani ‘falsified’. Referring to her comment that no police or medical personnel were allowed to examine Rohith’s body the day he was found dead, Prashanth said, “This is false and malicious on the part of the honourable HRD Minister. On the day that Rohith passed away, his body was discovered at 7pm and Dr Rajshree arrived at the spot at around 7:30. Second, the suggestion that no police were present is ludicrous. There is video evidence on Facebook of police being present on campus. Circle Inspector Gachibowli, Ramesh, had arrived on campus by around 7.30 pm.”

Prashant said another observation of Irani that UoH Chief Warden Nagaraju was part of the enquiry committee that looked into Rohith’s matter was also false. “Our chief warden was never a part of the enquiry, this is yet another false claim and there will be administrative proof of the fact that he was never part of the enquiry committee,” he said.

According to Prashant, Irani also told Parliament that the government had no role to play in the appointment of the executive committee that suspended Rohith and his four friends. “This is also false. Her government and not the former appointed the Executive Council headed by vice chancellor Appa Rao Poddile. She also lied about there being an SC member on the council. There was never an SC member on this council,” he said.

Another point raised was the fact that Irani suggested that Rohith had received his stipend in November. Prashanth said, “Rohith’s letter was proof of the fact that this was false. He had not received his stipend for seven months and was unable to send money home. The committee that suspended us banned us from administrative places, common places and our hostel rooms and till the suspension was revoked we were staying outside the campus and sometimes on the road. We did not have access to the food that the university hostel gave us either at that point in time.”

Adding to the points made, Rohith’s friend Vijay Kumar said, “We have all faced incredible humiliation already, yet the honourable minister continues to lie and make theatrical comments in Parliament. We are aware that she used to be an actor, but it’s time she stopped acting and started telling the truth about this matter.”

Rohith’s brother, Raja Vemula said, “Irani ji, this the real world and we as a family have lost Rohith and his grandmother. Our grandmother died because of harassment by the police who perpetually questioned our caste identity. The police is not competent to enquire about caste, only the district magistrate is. Both, my mother and I have already deposed our magistrate and proved our caste. We have our SC certificates to prove the same.”

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    Amit
    Feb 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm
    Rohith was not an SC/ST : Telangana Police has admitted to court. Media blacking out the news. Pressutes@work
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      Aap
      Feb 27, 2016 at 1:31 am
      When highly educated people stay away from politics, we have these people taking everyone on a ride. No back ground no qualifications required to hold such a high and critical position. Episode after Episode we have to pay the price for choosing the wrong.
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        Bss
        Feb 27, 2016 at 2:42 am
        Yes we can see how poor and desute they are without the stipend. You are tools of the politicians and mark my word you will be relegated back to obscurity once the press res and politicians are done with you
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          George Cruz
          Feb 26, 2016 at 11:44 pm
          I rather love an Iranian BCH than anybody!
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            George Cruz
            Feb 26, 2016 at 11:43 pm
            Rohit's mother is today's Anti-National, , Commie, Naxalie, ....
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              Dinesh
              Feb 26, 2016 at 5:06 pm
              Rohith'family is Arshe s they are Congress Criminals
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                Farah
                Feb 26, 2016 at 6:14 pm
                Meanwhile Ishrat enjoying with her 72 handsome new found boyfriends
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                  Farah
                  Feb 26, 2016 at 6:18 pm
                  Meanwhile Ishrat jahan enjoying with her 72 new boyfriends
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                    Farah
                    Feb 26, 2016 at 8:55 pm
                    Rohith converted to Muslim a long time ball so he and his family was lying about being a Dalit. Bingo ! Now who is a liar
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                      Farah
                      Feb 26, 2016 at 8:51 pm
                      Rohith was a convert. He was taking the advantage of both a Dalit and a Muzzie. He was indulging in politics on the taxpayers money and got frustrated in the process and ended up badly as happens in these. Cases. Now his family is crying over him. Should have taken heed of this when he was alive
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                        Farah
                        Feb 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm
                        Rohith was already converte so how can he be a Dalit . Lost all logic
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                          Farah
                          Feb 26, 2016 at 8:35 pm
                          The world which is rational and not mongerer of hate and lies like the Congis and Commies
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                            Farah
                            Feb 26, 2016 at 5:34 pm
                            This is heights of intellectual bankruptcy. Why is everyone giving so much of importance of Rohith and his mother who is being pa to twist facts against government and police by Commies and congress
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                              Farah
                              Feb 26, 2016 at 7:49 pm
                              Truth is Rohith was a converted Dalit who was on the payroll of the Congo and commmies and these political jokes had a field day at his death which was orchestrated by them
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                                Farah
                                Feb 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm
                                Why are these s holding the nation on a ransom for this guy who was a hand puppet of Commies, Congis and heaven knows who else
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                                  IML sood
                                  Feb 26, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                                  As if this moron has no respect for any lady as he never expects anything worth from ladies even if they are near and dear to him. Perhaps lack of self confidence being a man !
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                                    IML sood
                                    Feb 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm
                                    Why IE is following NDTV in bias reporting.What a mother says about his son who has committed suicide is obvious for everyone to understand even if sometimes may not true.But the way IE wants to give it prime heading with choicest words looks fishy.Will it serve any purpose except giving the feelings to readers that almost all media houses is working under set plan to dreamed the Govt. on someone's hidden bidding.
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                                      Ajitdada
                                      Feb 27, 2016 at 6:33 am
                                      KCR goons are in action to serve their congress pigs. Sicular presutes are back again to de construct everything as "Andhra mirchi " unable to keep them in peace.
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                                        Jim
                                        Feb 26, 2016 at 3:42 pm
                                        Politics ne bete ki jaan ley li phir bhi politics khelne se baaz nahi aa rahi hain
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                                          SmritiIsIndianTrump
                                          Feb 27, 2016 at 10:53 am
                                          History can be tutored??? That's an untapped market! Did the HRD minister herself come up with it?
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                                            SmritiIsIndianTrump
                                            Feb 27, 2016 at 11:05 am
                                            It's OK...I appreciate that logic is not dead!
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