Published On: Sun, Jan 31st, 2016

In wake of police Probe, Sushma says Rohith Vemula was not dalit

Thane (Maharashtra)): In the wake of the recent Cyberabad police investigation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that Rohith Vemula, who committed suicide in the Hyderabad Central University, was not a Dalit.

"The facts have come out in the case, that Rohith was not a Dalit," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

“The facts have come out in the case, that Rohith was not a Dalit,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said.

“The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a Dalit. By calling him a dalit student, this whole case has been raised a communal incident by some people,” Swaraj said.

The Cyberabad police recently investigated the caste origin of Rohith , as suspicions had been raised on whether he was a Dalit or not.

The police investigation at Guntur, where Rohith’s home village is located, had reportedly turned up proof that both parents of Rohith belonged to the stonecutting caste of Vadera, which is an Other Backward Class and not Dalit.

A top police source said: “We have found that neither of Rohith Vemula’s parents belongs to the SC/ST community, though they managed to get a certificate in Guntur stating that they belong to the scheduled Mala community. We are now investigating how they managed to get the certificate.”

Rohith, a PhD student at the university, committed suicide by hanging himself in his room.

He was among the six research scholars, suspended by the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August last year in connection with an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.

The HCU has already revoked suspension of the four students, following uproar over Vemula’s suicide.

TST

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