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Days after Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Dalit student claims he was unfairly expelled from Ajmer University

Days after the alleged suicide of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemulla in Hyderabad sparked heated protests, Umesh Jonwal, a Dalit student from Ajmer, Rajasthan has claimed he was unfairly expelled from Ajmer University.

He also claimed that reason for his expulsion was his refusal to pay a bribe and that he was harassed because of his caste.


Umesh Jonwal. Screengrab from CNN-IBN

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Jonwal said that his guide had asked him for money and when he refused to pay after being asked several times, he was expelled on the grounds of staying absent for 15 days despite the fact that the rule does not apply to research scholars. He added that the university went beyond the rules to expel him.

I was denied permission to enter certain parts of the college because of my caste, I was harassed and they were going to expel me. I know this is on caste grounds, they took all the things from my room away - my table, my chair, the things in my drawer, they didn't spare anything. I know I was discriminated against," Jonwal told CNN-IBN.

Meanwhile, a trial court in Ajmer has ordered police to register a case against five professors and VC of Central University Ajmer for allegedly harassing the Dalit research scholar.

Vemula had committed suicide on campus on Sunday, hanging himself from the ceiling fan in Room 207. The research scholar's alleged suicide following his suspension snowballed into a major row with BJP's rivals wading into it and demanding the removal of HRD Minister Smriti Irani and and Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, accusing them of being responsible for the death.

Updated Date: Jan 22, 2016 12:54 PM

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