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Give poison to Dalit students: Hyderabad PhD student's suicide note

A day after a PhD Scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in Hyderabad University, CNN-IBN has accessed copy of a letter written by him to the vice chancellor in December.

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Updated:January 18, 2016, 1:10 PM IST
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Give poison to Dalit students: Hyderabad PhD student's suicide note
A day after a PhD Scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in Hyderabad University, CNN-IBN has accessed copy of a letter written by him to the vice chancellor in December.
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A day after a PhD Scholar Rohith Vemula committed suicide in Hyderabad University, CNN-IBN has accessed copy of a letter written by him to the vice chancellor in December.

In the letter, Vemula said the University administration should provide poison to its Dalit students since there was massive discrimination against them. In his suicide letter, Vemula also said no one should be blamed for his death.

Meanwhile, students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in the national capital have decided to stage protest outside the Union HRD Ministry.



This came even as the students at Hyderabad University also launched a hunger strike.

Vemula, was one of the five Dalit scholars, who was expelled by the university in 2015 for allegedly attacking a student activist belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in August. Sources said, he was doing his PhD in science technology and society studies for the past two years.

Then the university ordered a probe and the final decision by the proctorial board (disciplinary authority of the Institute) led to the expulsion of Rohit along with four others.

Since then they were barred from entering the administrative building, hostels, libraries, mess and other common areas, leading to massive protests by students. They later formed a Joint Action Committee for Social Justice (JAC) to fight back against the university's decision.

The PhD scholar had been sleeping in the open along with other expelled students for the past two weeks, demanding reinstatement.

On Sunday evening during the protest, Vemula managed to enter the NRS hostel, locked himself and took the extreme step.

Following Vemula's death, protesting students demanded police to register a case under SC/ST Atrocity Act against Union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya while alleging that he had written to HRD Ministry seeking action against these research scholars.

Dattatreya had reportedly written to HRD Minister Smriti Irani after an ABVP activist was manhandled. ABVP had reacted sharply after some students unions protested death sentence given to 1993 blast accused Yakub Memon. It was in the wake of this incident that Dattatreya reportedly took up the matter with the HRD Ministry.

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