Students, teachers from different Indian universities and activists took to the streets of Delhi, on Tuesday, to protest against the death of Hyderabad Central University Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, last month.
Five Dalit students, including Vemula, were suspended in September following a clash with a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). Dattatreya, who is the MP from Secundrabad, had written to Irani, the human resource development minister, seeking action against the students, following which they were suspended.
Vemula’s family members, friends and teachers were also joined by senior Communist leaders including Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja, Kavita Krishnan and several Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Ashutosh.
Members of the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Aam Aadmi Party students’ wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) also participated in the solidarity march along with students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU) and University of Hyderabad.