Rohith Vemula Suicide: Arvind Kejriwal To Visit Hyderabad University Today

21/01/2016 9:16 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference at Delhi Secretariat on January 15, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Quoting unnamed PMO sources, Arvind Kejriwal claimed that officers under Cabinet Ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendra Jain are being pressured to get something wrong signed from the two ministers. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to visit the University of Hyderabad to meet the students after the suicide of the Dalit scholar who was expelled from the university following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, YSR Congress Party leader Jagan Mohan Reddy and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Derek O'Brien have already visited the University of Hyderabad to express their solidarity with the protesting students.

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Rohith, a second-year research scholar of Science, Technology and Society Studies Department, and others were suspended from the hostel last year following allegations that they attacked Susheel Kumar after the screening of a controversial documentary 'Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai'.

Earlier this month, five students were thrown out of the hostel after they accused the university authorities of denying them access to campus facilities, except their classrooms and workshops.

The 28-year-old victim from Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district was found hanging at the hostel room of one of his friends around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the students of the University continued their protest in the varsity premises demanding action against Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya and ABVP leader Susheel Kumar.

The students of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) also began a one-day hunger strike on Tuesday to express solidarity with their colleagues of the Hyderabad University.

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