Hyderabad: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited University of Hyderabad to meet the students after the suicide of the Dalit scholar who was expelled following a tussle with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Kejriwal attacked Bandaru Dattatreya for his letter to Smriti Irani and said, “It is shameful that a Union minister used words like ‘extremist, casteist and anti-national’ in his letter. Discussing and talking about Baba Saheb Ambedkarji and his views, cannot be called anti-national.”
He hit out at the HRD Minister saying, “Smriti Iraniji spoke one lie after another, she tried to create controversy over Rohith’s caste.”
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, YSR Congress Party leader Jagan Mohan Reddy and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O’Brien have already visited the University of Hyderabad to express their solidarity with the protesting students.
Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked Sushil Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’.
Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.
The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30p.m. on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the students of the University continued their protest in the varsity premises demanding action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.
The students of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) also began a one-day hunger strike here on Tuesday to express solidarity with their colleagues of the Hyderabad University.