Rohith Vemula Suicide: Protestors Want All The 4 Dalit Students' Suspension Unconditionally Revoked

22/01/2016 3:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 18: Police detain the activists of various student organisations including KYS, SFI, AISA, SDPI and BAPSA during a protest outside HRD Ministry Office at Shashtri Bhawan demanding the resignation of the Hyderabad University vice-chancellor over the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula on January 18, 2016 in New Delhi, India. 26-year-old Vemula, a second-year research scholar of science, technology and society studies department at Hyderabad University, was found hanging in his friend’s hostel room on Sunday night. He, along with four Dalit research scholars, was expelled from the University of Hyderabad 12 days ago over alleged fight with another student group. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

HYDERABAD -- Fresh protests rocked the Hyderabad Central University campus today with students seeking "unconditional" revocation of suspension of four dalit students and action against those responsible for the alleged suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula.

A day after Hyderabad Central University revoked the suspension of four dalit students against whom action was taken along with Rohith, students said the revocation was not "unconditional", as per the circular issued by the university,

Student leader, Zuhail, said it should be devoid of all conditions appended to it.

"One of our beloved friend was institutionally murdered. We are fighting for justice, still the University of Hyderabad feels that this is an extraordinary situation. Are they still mocking us. We can't even understand the language you are using...if the extraordinary situation goes away, will it (extraordinary situation) come back," Zuhail said.

The indefinite fast, started by seven students following the suicide of Vemula, entered the third day today and other forms of protests are also continuing.

A medical check-up was carried out on the fasting students this morning and the blood pressure of some of them was found varying, Zuhail said.

Asked about reports that Wi-Fi facility for students was disconnected in the university, he said they were not sure about it.

However, some other students reported that the Wi-Fi network on the campus was slow.

Asked if there is any possibility of talks between the university authorities and the protesting students, Zuhail said it will be discussed by the students joint action committee, if an offer comes.

The university authorities had yesterday "terminated" the punishment imposed on the students, but the protesting students were not satisfied with the revocation of the suspension.

In solidarity with the students, the Controller of Examinations, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Warden were and 10 other faculty members belonging to SC-ST communities had given up their administrative posts, which they were holding as an additional responsibility.

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File photo of one of the protestors holding a photo of Rohith Vemula

Vijaya Kumar, one of the students, whose suspension was revoked, had said this was not enough.

"The VC must go.This (revocation) is a welcome decision. But we can't celebrate it because Rohith is not there. We are not able to accept your decision. We have other demands like appropriate compensation and a job for one of the members of Rohith's family," he said.

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