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Dalit student suicide: PM Narendra Modi must apologise, sack ministers, demands Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologise and that he take action against certain Union ministers for what he termed was the 'murder of democracy'.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 20, 2016 12:31:02 pm
Rohit was found dead on Sunday morning. Facebook image Rohit was found dead on Sunday morning. Facebook image

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday reacted to the death of Dalit PhD student Rohith Vemula, terming it a ‘murder of democracy’ for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi should apologise.

“Modi government is constitutionally duty bound to uplift Dalits. Instead Modiji’s ministers got five Dalit students ostracised and suspended,” Kejriwal tweeted this morning.

In another tweet, Kejriwal said: “It’s not suicide. It’s murder. It’s murder of democracy, social justice and equality. Modi ji should sack ministers and apologize to the nation.”
Hyderabad: Suspended Dalit Student Hangs Himself

Rohith was found dead at Hyderabad Central University on Sunday morning. The issue took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Union Labour Miniser Bandaru Dattatreya, who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their “anti-national acts”.

Read | My birth is my fatal accident: Full text of Dalit student Rohit’s suicide letter

Rohit was among five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader. They were also kept out of the hostel.

On Monday, Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were named in an FIR, triggering massive protests and demands for their removal from their posts.

Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has left for Hyderabad and will visit Rohith’s mother later today.

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