Hyderabad, Jan 19 (ANI): The two-member fact finding team sent by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry to take stock of the situation at the Hydderabad University, where a Dalit scholar committed suicide and were met with chants of ‘go back’ by the protesting students.
The team was sent to take stock of the current situation at the University and then give a detailed report to the ministry.
The students kept chanting and protesting while the team, flanked by the police, were seen attempting to speak to the students.
However, the students seemed to calm down after a while and began briefing the team on their demands.
Meanwhile, a nationwide outrage by the students was witnessed against the suicide of a Dalit scholar with the University of Hyderabad turning into a battlefield as they continued with their protests.
The students demanded action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Sushil Kumar.
They raised slogans denouncing the VC and carried placards with messages such as ‘Appa Rao murdabad’, ‘Rohith Vemula amar rahe’ and ‘Sushil Kumar hai hai’.
The agitators also demanded a compensation of Rs. 50 lakh for Vemula’s family.
Earlier today, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi interacted with the protesting students of the University of Hyderabad and said that the varsity had used to its power to ‘crush’ the students instead of allowing them to express themselves.
Dattatreya has been charged with abetting the suicide of the Dalit scholar.
He has also been booked under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act following allegations that he orchestrated the suspension of Rohith Vermula and four other Dalit students from the University hostel.
The police has also registered a case for abetment of suicide against University of Hyderabad Vice Chancellor Appa Rao and two ABVP leaders Sushil Kumar and Vishnu.
Earlier this month, the five students were thrown out of the hostel amid allegations they were denied access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and respective workshops, on recommendation by an executive committee of the university.
The 28-year-old hailing from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district was found hanging at a friend’s hostel room around 7: 30 p.m. on Sunday. (ANI)