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Dalit student death gains pol heat, campus protests

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Hyderabad:Protests intensified at the Hyderabad Central University today over the alleged suicide of a Dalit research scholar even as more politicians headed to the campus, demanding resignation of Union Minister Smriti Irani.

Under attack, the university Vice Chancellor claimed there had been “no pressure” from Union Ministers or the HRD Ministry to act against the youth but offered to facilitate talks to restore peace on the campus.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, spokesperson of TMC Derek O’Brien and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy interacted with the students, who have been on warpath demanding justice for 26-year-old Vemula Rohith Chakravarthi who was found hanging in his hostel room on Sunday.

Police took into preventive custody some activists of the pro-CPI All India Students Federation (AISF) when they tried to hold a demonstration near the residence of Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, who has been accused of being responsible for the death.

Yechury said the incidents in the HCU are part of a larger issue of BJP’s alleged “game” of turning the country into a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and demanded resignation of HRD Minister Smriti Irani and an “independent inquiry” into the incident.

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