Protests erupt against HRD Ministry, Dattatreya after Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide

Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the HRD Ministry in New Delhi. Rohith Vemula, a second year PhD student at University of Hyderabad, committed suicide on Sunday evening. This led to protests across the nation. PTI

Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were on Monday named in an FIR over Vemula's suicide. PTI

Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

The issue also took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Dattatreya, who had written a letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, seeking action against their “anti-national acts”. PTI

Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

The dead student, Rohit Vemula, was among the five research scholars who were suspended by Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year and also one of the accused in the case of assault on a student leader. They were also kept out of the hostel. PTI

Police detain students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

Facing protests outside her office and residence in the Delhi, Smriti Irani reacted saying she would not make any political statement but await the report of a fact-finding committee. PTI

 Police detain a girl student during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi on Monday over the suicide of a PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at University of Hyderabad. PTI

The agitating students demanded immediate removal of Dattatreya from the Union Cabinet. The students alleged that Dattatreya was instrumental in suspension of the students from the university. PTI


Published Date: Jan 19, 2016 10:45 am | Updated Date: Jan 19, 2016 10:45 am

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