Vemula suicide: Doctor rebuffs Irani’s claim

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Hyderabad, Feb. 26 (ANI): Chief Medical Officer M. Rajshree, who confirmed Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s death, has rebuffed HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s claims in Parliament, saying she had reached the scene in three-five minutes.

“It was January 17, at around 7. 20 p.m to 7.30 p.m when I received a call NRS hostel telling that one students has attempted suicide please rush to the place, I reached the place within three to five minutes,” Rajshree told ANI.

She further said that a group of students took her to the room where Rohith had attempted suicide.

“When I reached the place I started examining Rohith, his body was totally cold, rigid and stiff. His body wasn’t straight, it was a bit curved above the surface of the bed. I tried to examine his pulse rate and blood pressure but it wasn’t there, his tongue was protruding outside. I completed my examination and declared him dead,” she added.

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“After 15 to 20 minutes police came there and asked me if I can stay there as they might have some queries, and I said I am very much there,” she added.

She further said that the police asked her if she could predict the time of Vemula’s death.

“I told them I couldn’t provide exact time but told them that minimum two hours before I reached to see Rohith’s body he must have died,” he added.

Irani on Wednesday pointed out that according to a report submitted to the Telangana High Court, the police had reached Rohith’s hospital at 7:20 pm when they found the body.

“The police said that when they reached the hostel, they found the room open and the dead body was on the table. A hand written suicide note was found. The suicide note that was left behind does not blame anyone,” she said.

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“This is not my submission. This is what the police said. No one allowed a doctor near this child, to revive this child. Instead, his body was used as a political tool. No police was allowed till 6:30 am the following morning. Who tried to help this child?” she asked. (ANI)

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