Hyderabad Central University is witnessing a protest after a 26-year-old Dalit PhD scholar was found hanging at a hostel room located on the varsity campus on Sunday. V Rohit, the deceased scholar, along with four other Dalit research scholars was barred an entry inside his hostel and even the mess on the orders of University authorities for allegedly attacking a student leader belonging to Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) last year.
The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has now constituted a two member fact finding team to look into the matter related to the suicide of a research scholar.
V Rohit was among the five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader. The suspension, though, was revoked later, the five were denied access to hostels on the campus except their classrooms and workshops related to their subject of study.
According to the reports, the action against five scholars was recommended by the sub-committee of the Executive Council based on Proctorial Committee inquiry.
Meanwhile, Rohit’s body was sent for post mortem on Monday morning amid protests from fellow students. Mild tension prevailed on the campus after scores of students gathered and held a demonstration along with Rohit’s body and raised slogans last night.
The protesting students demanded police register a case under SC/ST Atrocity Act against Union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya, alleging that he had written to the HRD ministry seeking action against these research scholars.
Last week, a section of students had also protested at the administrative building of the University against the suspension of those research scholars. The students under the umbrella of a Joint Action Committee (JAC) had termed the suspension as “undemocratic” and a “social boycott” since the five research scholars were denied access to hostels and were forced to sleep in a makeshift tent on the campus.
According to Cyberabad Police Commissioner CV Anand, the situation at the campus is now under control.
“The body has been sent for post mortem. Though no untoward incident has been reported on the campus, we see some tension-like situation here,” a police official told the press.
Some students union also staged protest outside the Union HRD ministry at New Delhi on Monday.
(With inputs from the PTI)