The members of Telangana Jagruti Yuva Morcha staged a protest outside Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya’s residence here on Tuesday over the suicide of a Dalit student who was expelled from University of Hyderabad.
Rohith Vemula, one of the five dalit scholars expelled from the University of Hyderabad, hanged himself to death on Sunday.
They were allegedly expelled following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Vemula,who belonged to Guntur district of Amravati, was doing his PhD in science technology and society studies for the past two years, before the scholar allegedly got involved in a tiff between two student groups in August last year.
The five researchers were supported by 10 other students’ outfits on the campus including ASA, Students Federation of India, Dalit Students Union and National Students Association among others.
On Sunday, the students from each of the outfits had started relay hunger strike asking the university administration to take back the students all of whom hailed from backward socio-economic backgrounds.
The students protested against Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya.
The students demanded the revoking of the suspension of the five Dalit research scholars. They also demanded Dattatreya’s apology for interfering in University matters and branding the students of University of Hyderabad as casteists, anti-nationals and extremists.