Citizens for Justice and Peace

ABVP leader wants fair probe, denies he lied about assault

21, Jan 2016

Hyderabad, Jan 21 (PTI): Nandanam Susheel Kumar, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad leader who has been accused of abetting the suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, on Thursday demanded a “fair” inquiry and rejected claims that he had lied about being assaulted by Rohit and other members of Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) at Hyderabad Central University.
”Reasons for Rohit Vemula’s suicide should be thoroughly examined. When a person like Rohit Vemula could confront so many people like us (and) also there was hearing by the High Court in two days, what made him go into depression?” Kumar said.
”What were the faculty or the students around him doing? When a student got into depression these people could not identify that? They give us lectures on how to identify a person when is in under depression,” he told reporters here.
”Why did these people send Rohit to some other person’s room without sending someone along with him? There are many issues in this. There should be a fair inquiry. And whoever is the culprit, let it be me or let it be anyone else, the culprit should be punished,” he said.
On his claims that he was manhandled, the ABVP leader said he can produce records that he was admitted to hospital and underwent an operation.


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