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Rohit Vemula suicide case: Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and University vice chancellor booked
Rohit Vemula, a 26-year-old PhD scholar committed suicide on Sunday evening. Vemula who was active in student politics was in second year of PhD at Hyderabad Central University. He was one among the 5 research scholars suspended by (HCU) administration last year for assaulting an ABVP student leader.

Reacting angrily over the suicide of Rohit, student unions have called for a state-wide bandh of educational institutions on Monday. JNU students are protesting over this issue near the HRD ministry and written a letter to Smriti Irani for the same. While many other student organisations have said that Rohit has died due to discrimination towards Dalit students. 

Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and University vice chancellor have been booked under SC/ST act. Earlier Bandaru Dattatreya had written to the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani that Hyderabad University had become 'a den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics.' He even pointed out over the neglagence of the University administration and said, 'the university administration had turned into a mute spectator to such events'. However the minister has issued a clarification saying the death of the scholar had nothing to do with the letter he had written to Irani.

Rohit was a native of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, and was pursuing his PhD in School of life sciences with a CSIR fellowship. He hanged himself in the hostel room. Vemula was known for his active participation in student politics, but after the disciplinary action taken over him he turned extremely silent.

He also wrote a suicide note where he said that, " I always wanted to be a writer. A writer of science, like Carl Sagan. At last, this is the only letter I am getting to write...Our feelings are second handed. Our love is constructed. Our beliefs colored. Our originality valid through artificial art. It has become truly difficult to love without getting hurt. The value of a man was reduced to his immediate identity and nearest possibility. To a vote. To a number. To a thing. Never was a man treated as a mind. As a glorious thing made up of star dust. In every field, in studies, in streets, in politics, and in dying and living."


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