The controversy over the suicide of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) research scholar Rohit Vemula is spiralling into other universities with student unions and bodies observing a state-wide bandh of educational institutions in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Monday.
The Students Federation of India, All India Students Federation, Progressive Democratic Students Union and the Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika said Rohit had died on due to unnecessary intervention by BJP ministers in the administration of the educational institutions.
SFI alleged that 14 students had been rusticated solely at the behest of Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya over the poster removal allegations by BJP student wing ABVP.
Earlier, on Friday, activists of various student unions in Andhra University (AU), including Mahila Chetana and Students Federation of India (SFI) had observed bandh seeking action against the university VC and Union Minister Dattetreya.
Last Sunday, three students of Jawaharlal Nehru University began a hunger strike in solidarity with the protesting students of HCU and former JNU students’ union president, V Lenin Kumar, Shubhanshu Singh and Suchisree participated in the indefinite strike seeking “justice for Rohith Vemula”.
Rohith Vemula Committed suicide on Jn. 17, 2016 after he was suspended by the University of Hyderabad under intervention from Union HRD minister Smriti Irani and Union Labour minister Bhandru Dattatreya. Vemula and four other dalit students were involved in a scuffle over ABVP poster in the campus and they were given the fiercest punishment at the behest of BJP-led Central government.