Left wing students blame saffron for Dalit suicide


RohitThe State unit of Student Federation of India (SFI) have blamed saffron and right wing organizations for the death of Rohit Vemula (26 years), a 2nd year PhD student at University of Hyderabad who was, they alleged, forced to commit suicide.

State unit SFI leader Mr. Vipin Sharma alleged that right wing organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) was behind the expulsion of the student from the university. “It was due to the pressure from ABVP that a Dalit student was expelled from the hostel,” he said.

Terming it as a shameful act, he said the university should not be biased to any caste creed or community.

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were yesterday named in an FIR over the alleged suicide of the Dalit student, triggering massive protests and demands for their removal from their posts.

The issue also took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Mr. Dattatreya

The SFI leader said strict action should be initiated against the University administration and Vice-chancellor of the Hyderabad University should be removed.

He said that student was forced to die. “It was a murder rather a suicide,” he added.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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