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Give poison or rope to Dalit students, Hyderabad student wrote to VC

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Hyderabad: Rohith Vemula, the student of Hyderabad Central University had written two letters to the Vice-Chancellor, about one month before his suicide, urging the VC to give either poison or nice rope to the Dalit students.

It is now said that Rohith, who was not a Dalit repeated called himself one, in a latter dated December 18, 2015.

“Please serve 10 mg of Sodium Azide to all the Dalit students at the time of admission. With directions to use when they feel like reading Ambedkar,” Rohith said in a handwritten note.

“Supply a nice rope to the rooms of all Dalit students from your companion, the great Chief Warden.”
Stating that he and people like him who are already members of the Dalit self-respect movement were left with no easy exit.

“Hence, I request your highness to make preparations for the facility ‘Euthanasia’ for students like me,” he said.

Three days after the note, Rohith and four other students were banned from the hostel and the mess. As per sources they were only allowed to attend classes, a punishment which was seen by his friends as social boycott.

After this, Rohith was reportedly living in a tent outside the campus gate and has persistently asked for a meeting with VC Appa Rao.

Before hanging himself in a hostel room on Sunday, he wrote another note, but this time, did not refer to his caste at all.

“No one is responsible, no one has instigated me. Do not trouble my friends and enemies on this after I am gone,” he said in the long note in which he came across as depressed and reflective, rather than bitter.

Speaking about “a growing gap between my soul and my body,” Rohith wrote: “My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past…I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That’s pathetic. And that’s why I am doing this.”

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