Dalit scholar suicide: Punia firm on VC’s resignation, assures justice by NCSC

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Hyderabad, Jan. 18 (ANI): After meeting the students who are protesting over the suicide by a Dalit scholar at the University of Hyderabad here, P.L. Punia, the chairman of National SC/ST commission on Monday assured that justice will be delivered and maintained that the Vice-Chancellor needed to be sacked immediately.

“The circumstances under which the student committed suicide are unfortunate. There is absolutely no proof that he was involved in any scuffle, even the security staff said that the allegations levelled against him were false. Despite all that, he was suspended,” Punia told the media here.

Asserting that justice needs to be delivered at all cost, he said that the vice chancellor needs to be removed and assured that the late scholar’s family will be give all aid and assistance possible.

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The NCSC will ensure that justice is delivered. This is a case of complete politics. The poor and the backwards who are struggling to reach heights are becoming victims. It is unfortunate and this clearly shows that no efforts are being made to quell inequality,” Punia added.

Earlier today, Hyderabad police registered a case against Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and three others under the Scheduled Casts and Scheduled Tribes Act in connection with the suicide of Rohit Vemula, a research scholar of Hyderabad Central University.

The case was registered against Dattatreya following allegations that he wrote to the Union HRD Ministry seeking action against Rohit and four other research Scholars of the University for the alleged assault of an ABVP leader.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani has flatly refused any intervention by the government in the Dalit scholar’s suicide and said that a two-member team has been sent to the varsity from the ministry to take stock of the situation.

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She asserted that she will not make any ‘political’ statement at the moment, since law and order was a subject of the state. (ANI)

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