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Tension in Hyderabad varsity over research scholar’s suicide

18, Jan 2016

Hyderabad, Jan 18, 2016, (IANS)
Tension prevailed in University of Hyderabad on Monday over the suicide of one of the five Dalit research scholars following their expulsion from the hostel.
Police intervened to shift the body from the campus to the hospital for autopsy as students resisted their attempts, demanding justice to the student’s family. They also blamed university authorities and a central minister for the suicide.

Students had locked the body in the hostel room, where Rhoith Vemula allegedly hanged himself on Sunday evening, and were preventing police from shifting the body. A scuffle broke out between the police and the students who were raising slogans of ‘police go back’.

Policemen in riot gear used force to enter the hostel and shifted the body for autopsy.
Large number of policemen were deployed on the campus to prevent violence as Dalit and leftist student groups have called for the university shutdown.

The student groups are demanding resignation of Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao and Union Minister of State for Labour (independent charge) Bandaru Dattatreya, who allegedly got the five students belonging to Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) sacked.


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