Rohit Vemula didn’t get fellowship for past 7 months,Rahul Gandhi blames Vice-Chancellor, minister
Hyderabad: Research scholar Rohit Vemula, who allegedly committed suicide in a room on the campus of the University of Hyderabad, had in a letter purportedly written by him said he was not getting his fellowship for past seven months.
He had also said in the letter that he wanted to become a science writer like Carl Sagan.
“If you, who is reading this letter can do anything for me, I have to get 7 months of my fellowship, one lakh and seventy five thousand rupees. Please see to it that my family is paid that. I have to give some 40 thousand to Ramji. He never asked them back. But please pay that to him from that (sic),” Rohit purportedly wrote in the letter.
“I know some of you truly cared for me, loved me and treated me very well. I have no complaints on anyone. It was always with myself I had problems. I feel a growing gap between my soul and my body. And I have become a monster.
“I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. At last, this is the only letter I am getting to write,” he further mentioned.
The student’s grieving mother Radhika said none of the university officials informed her of Rohit’s suspension.
“My son was out in the open space for 13 days. The VC should come and tell me what mistake my son committed. I expected him to complete his studies by next year and get into a good job. Now that he is not there who will support me,” Radhika, who supported Rohit’s education by doing tailoring job in Guntur,” had said yesterday.
Rohit and four other students were earlier suspended from the university. Later the suspension was revoked.
However, they were barred from accessing hostel facilities last month.
Protests escalated on Tuesday over the alleged suicide by a dalit research scholar with activists of a local outfit demonstrating outside the residence of Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, who has been accused in the case, demanding his immediate resignation.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the University of Hyderabad and interacted with students over the issue even as several students in campuses outside the state came out of classes in solidarity with their counterparts here.
On the university campus, scores of students, who intensified their protests, demanded that Dattatreya, BJP MLC Ramchander Rao, university’s Vice Chancellor P Appa Rao and two ABVP leaders, against whom cases were registered for abetting suicide of Rohit, be jailed.
Raising slogans like “We want justice”, they held Dattatreya and others responsible for Rohit s death and took out a rally on the campus.
Some activists belonging to Telangana Jagruthi, a social and cultural outfit led by TRS MP K Kavitha, tried to hold a protest outside the residence of Dattatreya here this morning, demanding his resignation.
Congress has demanded that HRD Minister Smriti Irani should be removed along with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, against whom a FIR has been lodged.
Rahul Gandhi at Hyderabad University
* This morning I sat here in what u have called Dalit ghetto. The idea of a univ is you can speak freely
* Conditions for Rohith’s suicide were created by the vice-chancellor, the minister and the institute.
* A compensation has to be paid to Rohith’s family for their loss, not only financially, but also respect.
* Whoever is responsible for this outcome has to be punished in the stricter manner possible.
* I have said to students and family, my door is open for them, I am at their & your service.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi reaches Hyderabad University to meet students after a scholar committed suicide.
FTII students sit on hunger strike
Expressing ‘solidarity’ with students protesting over alleged suicide by a dalit scholar in Hyderabad, the students of FTII sat on a day-long hunger strike outside the institute’s gate here.
“We are in solidarity with students protesting the death of Rohit Vemula, and as many as eight students from the Film & Television Institute of India have sat on hunger strike for a day,” FTII Students’ Association president Harishankar Nachimuthu said.
The hunger strike started with eight students and slowly other students too are joining the protest, he said.
Congress demands sacking of Irani, Dattatreya
Going on the offensive, Congress demanded that HRD Minister Smriti Irani should be removed along with Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, against whom a FIR has been lodged.
Party spokesperson Kumari Selja told reporters that both Irani and Dattatreya should resign or else Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take action against the two by sacking them.
She said that the HRD Minister has “misguided” the whole country as she had written a number of letters on the issue and that Dattatreya was “against dalit students in order to promote ABVP”. (PTI)
Have appointed Secretary Anita Agnihotri, to investigate Dalit Scholar suicide case: TC Gehlot, Social Justice Minister
The students of the University of Hyderabad continued their protest in the varsity premises on Tuesday demanding action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.
The agitators also demanded a compensation of Rs. 50 lakhs for Rohit Vemula’s family.
“Vemula’s family member should be given employment and a compensation of Rs. 50 lakhs should be given to his family,” one of the protestors told ANI.
Dalit scholar suicide: Kejriwal says ‘it’s not suicide, it’s murder’; demands apology from PM Modi
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.
Nitish calls for fair probe
Expressing his grief over the suicide of a Dalit scholar, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the government must ensure a fair probe and take action against those responsible.
“Deeply saddened at the tragic death of Dalit student Rohit Vemula in Hyd. Govt must ensure fair probe & action against those responsible,” Bihar Chief Minister said in a tweet.
Owaisi for strong action against Hyderabad University VC
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the Dalit scholar’s suicide in the University of Hyderabad and said the incident indicated that campus politics is no more a place for the decent.
“The incident clearly shows that our universities campus is no more places of politics of the decent. I condemn this attitude and I hope that strong action that taken against vice chancellor. He (vice-chancellor)should realise that it is because of him that a youth was compelled to take his own life,” he told ANI.
“This is the case which should shake the whole nation and people should realise what is happening in central universities campuses,” he added.
The members of Telangana Jagruti Yuva Morcha protesting outside Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya residence.
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on January 19, 2016. Filed under Nation
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