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Was not pressurised by Union Minister to take action against Vemula, clarifies HCU VC

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Hyderabad: With suicide of Rohith Vemula, Ph.D scholar at Hyderabad Central University (HCU) snowballing into a political issue, leaving in eye of storm union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Minister for Education Smriti Irani, University Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao has clarified that he was not pressurised by anybody to initiate action against the Dalit student and his friends.

Give poison or rope to Dalit students, Hyderabad student wrote to VC-1Following death of Vemula, the news of Smriti Irani writing five letters to the University demanding action against the Dalit student and his friends at the behest of Bandaru Dattatreya was in spotlight.

The VC, in an exclusive talk with NDTV had said that Vemula’s death was a big shock and specifically clarified that he had not initiated action against the students budging down to pressure from Bandaru Dattatreya or Irani.

Rohith was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in the New Research Scholars’ Hostel late on Sunday. He was one of the five Dalit students suspended from the university and expelled from the hostel for alleging attacking an ABVP activist. The rusticated students were staging a protest on the campus for the past 15 days.

On the issue of five letters sent by HRD Ministry, Rao said the University treated the letters as regular ones and the decision to suspend the students was taken after consultation with Dean student’s welfare and other senior faculty members.

Giving his side of the story, Rao asserted that mother of Susheel Kumar, an ABVP member who was allegedly beaten up by the Dalit student and his friends had filed a case in the High Court. The Court in return had several times asked the University about what decision had it taken on the complaint.

“We initially tried to delay the issue, but were forced to take a decision as court was asking for a response,” Rao said.

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