New Delhi: Amid protests over the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his “ministers got five Dalit students ostracised”.
The dead student, Rohith Vemula, was among the five research scholars suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader.
Taking to micro-blogging site, Kejriwal said, “Modi government constitutionally duty bound to uplift Dalits. Instead Modi ji’s ministers got five dalit students ostracised and suspended.”
Stating that “It’s not suicide. It’s murder,” Kejriwal added, “It’s murder of democracy, social justice and equality.”
Kejriwal also demanded that the Prime Minister should sack ministers and apologise to the nation.
Meanwhile, the members of Telangana Jagruti Yuva Morcha staged a protest outside Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya’s residence in the morning.
Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were named in an FIR over the death of the scholar, which triggered 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 Dattatreya, who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their “anti-national acts”.
The members of Telangana Jagruti Yuva Morcha staged a protest outside Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya’s residence in Hyderabad on Tuesday over the suicide of a Dalit scholar who was expelled from University of Hyderabad.
Rohith, one of the five dalit scholars, expelled from the University of Hyderabad 12 days ago, hanged himself to death on Sunday.
25-year-old Rohith, who belonged to Guntur district, was doing his PhD in science technology and society studies for the past two years. He was expelled from the university following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Meanwhile, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is set to visit the University of Hyderabad to meet the students.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani has flatly refused any intervention by the government in the suicide of a Dalit scholar from the Hyderabad University and said that a two-member team has been sent to the varsity from the ministry to take stock of the situation.