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13 faculty members of Hyderabad University resign over Dalit student suicide

13 faculty members of Hyderabad University resign over Dalit student suicide

The university is now mulling dilution of punishment for the four other Dalit students who were suspended along with Rohith for allegedly assaulting an ABVP member.

In a bid to show solidarity with the protesting students over the suicide of a Dalit student, 13 faculty members of Hyderabad Central University resigned on Thursday. It includes Professor V Krishna, controller of exams, Chief Medical Officer Dr Ravendra Kumar, 10 hostel wardens and chief warden Nagaraju.

The situation in the university remains tense as protests continue over the suicide of PhD scholar V Rohith.

The university is now mulling dilution of punishment for the four other Dalit students who were suspended along with Rohith for allegedly assaulting an ABVP member. Sources said that the University is also considering closing the institution for a brief while.

Meanwhile, political parties are trying to score brownie points on the issue by portraying themselves fighting for the backward class. After Congress, TMC, AIMIM, BSP, Left, Aam Admi Party has stepped up its attacks demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the university today. His party has also demanded resignations of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.

On Wednesday, HRD Minister Smriti Irani defended herself saying that Rohith's suicide is not a confrontation between a Dalit and a non-Dalit.

first published:January 21, 2016, 09:06 IST