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Rohith Vemula suicide: Rahul Gandhi to visit University of Hyderabad

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:26 IST

A day after the death of a Dalit scholar in Hyderabad sparked off massive students' protests across the country, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will today visit the University of Hyderabad to interact with protesting students.

Rahul is leaving for Hyderabad along with party General Secretary Digvijay Singh and will meet the students of the university, party sources said.

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The body of the Dalit research scholar was found hanging in the varsity's hostel room on Sunday, which sparked massive protests.

SFI, NSUI students launched an agitation on 18 January outside HRD Ministry in the national capital. They had resorted to stone pelting and breaking barricades. Police had to use water cannons and lathircharge to disperse the protesters.

Dalit scholar rohit Vemula protests in delhi Photo Soumya Shankar

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were on 18 January named in an FIR over the alleged suicide of the dalit student.

The issue took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Dattatreya, who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their "anti-national acts".

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The deceased student, Rohit Vemula, was among the 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.

The Congress had accused the BJP dispensation of having an "anti-Dalit agenda and mindset" and said the death of the scholar was "deliberately orchestrated by Dattatreya, Union HRD Ministry and their cohorts of ABVP".

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"Now an FIR has been registered against the Union Minister and the letter written by him prima facie amounts to abetment of suicide, Congress demands that Dattatreya resigns with immediate effect, failing which the Prime Minister should sack him", party spokesman R P N Singh had said on 18 January.


First published: 19 January 2016, 10:18 IST