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Called KCR over Rohith Vemula, no reply, says Smriti Irani; state says looking into it

The Telangana government reacted cautiously to the statement. “We are ascertaining whether Smriti Irani’s office called the CM office or residence and who took the call,” an official said.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad |
February 25, 2016 2:44:07 am
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During her speech in the Lok Sabha, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said that the night Rohith Vemula committed suicide, she tried to contact Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao to enquire about the law and order situation in Hyderabad Central University but was told he was busy.

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The Telangana government reacted cautiously to the statement. “We are ascertaining whether Smriti Irani’s office called the CM office or residence and who took the call,” an official said.

“I made a call to KCR but I was told he is busy. I even called up his daughter, MP K Kavita,” Smriti said in the Lok Sabha, adding she did not receive a call back.

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Smriti also alleged no attempt was made to take Rohith to a doctor. University authorities, however, said a doctor did rush there minutes after campus security personnel had broken open the door and found Rohith hanging from the fan. Dr Rajashree P, who was on duty at the university’s health centre, received the call at 7:15 pm, rushed there, checked Rohith’s pulse and filed a report that there is no pulse, said Dr Ravindra Kumar, the university’s chief medical officer.

Rohith was not seen by his friends for much of the day on January 17, when he committed suicide in his friend’s room. He was last seen at the university shopping complex by his friend Umamaheshwara Rao at 1 pm when Rohith told him he was going to his room. The autopsy report put the time of death between 1 and 3 pm. Cyberabad police control room and Gachibowli police station received calls from friends of Rohith between 7:15 and 7:20 pm and the first police vehicle reached the university at 7:20 pm.

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