Dalit scholar’s suicide a ‘political conspiracy’: Yechury

Hyderabad, Jan. 20 (ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday dubbed the Dalit scholar’s suicide a political conspiracy by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor Appa Rao in tune with the ideology of the RSS.

“It’s a very clear-cut political conspiracy to change the echoes of research in our country, in tune with the ideology of the RSS which wants to convert Indian history only on the lines of upholding Indian mythology,” Yechury told the media here.

“What has happened in the Hyderabad University is completely obnoxious. This is something that cannot be accepted and cannot be tolerated. This runs contrary to the fundamental feature of the Indian Constitution. Therefore, action should be taken against all those who are involved, including two Cabinet Ministers in the Centre, the Labour Minister, the HRD Minister and the Vice Chancellor,” he added.

Yechury further said that the Union Ministers and the VC should immediately asked to demit their offices and a criminal proceeding must be initiated against them.

The CPI (M) visited the Hyderabad University campus and interacted with the students protesting over Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

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 from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. (ANI)

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