A Dalit PhD scholar was found hanging at a central university’s hostel room located on the varsity campus on Sunday, police said.
“V Rohit (around 26) was found hanging in the hostel room. He 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,” Cyberabad Police Commissioner C V Anand told PTI.
The suspension was revoked later. Further investigation in the case is on.
It started with Yakub hanging
According to a Deccan Chronicle report, the suspension of five Dalit students, which reportedly resulted in the suicide of PhD scholar Rohit Vemula, actually started with the hanging of Yakub Memon last year for the Mumbai blasts.
Students owing allegiance to the Ambedkar Students Association had protested the hanging on university campus.
The five research scholars were suspended from the hostel for rest of their study period for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader.
Meanwhile, mild tension prevailed on the campus today after scores of students gathered and held demonstration along with Rohit’s body and raised slogans.
They demanded police to register a case under SC/ST Atrocity Act against Union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya while alleging that he had written to HRD ministry seeking action against these research scholars.
A section of students had last week laid a siege to the Administrative Building of the HCU against the suspension of the research scholars.
The students under the umbrella of a Joint Action Committee (JAC) had termed the suspension as “undemocratic” and as a “social boycott” since the five research scholars were denied access to hostels and were forced to sleep in a makeshift tent on the campus.
Based on the recommendations of a sub-committee of the Executive Council, the five were denied access to hostels on the campus except their classrooms and workshops related to their subject of study.
(With PTI inputs)