Dalit scholar suicide: JNU students firm on hunger strike until demands are met

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New Delhi, Jan. 24 (ANI): The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on Sunday stood firm on their decision of going on an indefinite hunger strike in the case of the suicide of Rohith Vemula- the Dalit scholar from Hyderabad University.

“We will continue with the hunger strike until the demands of the students of the Hyderabad University is met. We will sit on indefinite hunger strike. This is our second day of hunger strike. We demand resignation, arrest of Vice Chancellor Appa Rao. Bandaru Dattatreya should also be arrested. Smriti Irani should also resign. Compensation should be given to Rohith’s family,” said one of the protesting students of JNU.

Subhanshu Singh, a political science student also echoed similar sentiments and demanded Vice Chancellor Appa Rao’s resignation.

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Another protestor Suchishree, demanded social justice and resignation of Appa Rao.

“We want social justice. We just cannot sit like this doing nothing. Today in Tamil Nadu, three girls committed suicide because they could not pay the fees. So, this should be stopped. Appa Rao has to resign because he is the main culprit in this case,” she said.

At least three students of JNU have gone on an indefinite hunger strike in the national capital demanding justice in the case of the suicide of Rohith Vemula

Seven students were hospitalised on the fourth day of the stir at the Hyderbad University and another group of seven students today sat on an indefinite hunger strike.

Meanwhile, the University of Hyderabad Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, whose resignation is being sought by the protesting students, has gone on leave.

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A note on their official website said: The Vice-Chancellor will be on leave. In the absence of the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vipin Srivastava, the Seniormost Professor, shall perform the duties of the Vice-Chancellor w.e.f. 24-01-2016 (F.N.).

Various student groups have been protesting over the issue in the national capital since last week.

Rohith Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar, was found hanging at the Central University’s hostel room on January 17.

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 an ABVP student leader. They were also kept out of the hostel.

The suspension was revoked later. (ANI)

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