The Central government reacted in time over the suicide of the UoH scholar Rohit. The HRD minister Smruti Irani announced the appointment of a committee with the OSD Shakila Shamsu and deputy secretary Surath Singh. The committee will reach Hyderabad by Monday evening and study the issue. The HRD ministry directed the committee to submit its report by Tuesday.
Meanwhile the Gacchibowli police registered a case against the Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya on the complaint of the students who alleged that Bandaru’s letter drove Rohit to commit suicide. The police registered cases as A1 VC Appa Rao, A2 Bandaru, A3 Sushil Kumar and A4 Vishnu under section 306. The University lecturers association also alleged that Rohit was expelled without any committee’s report.
Meanwhile Bandaru reacted sharply over the issue. He said that his letter was in no way connected with Rohit’s suicide. ‘ I received a representation that there was breach of law and order in the university and ABVP workers were beaten severely. I just referred that letter to the HRD ministry. More than this I do not know anything’ he said. He refused to comment on the cases filed against him. ‘The inquiry will bring out the truth’ he said.
Meanwhile the TRS MP Ms. Kavitha demanded the revocation of the suspension orders against the rest of the four students. Expressing anguish over the suicide of Rohit, she alleged that Bandaru’s letter to HRD ministry created this situation. Because of Bandaru’s letter, the HRD ministry brought pressure on the vc, who had to expel the five dalit students. She alleged that Bandaru wrote this letter to back ‘ a students association’ and the resultant developments which compelled Rohit to end his life. She once again requested the revocation of the suspension orders on the rest of the four dalit scholars.
Meanwhile a large number of dalit students in Delhi tried to barge into the office of the HRD ministry. They raised slogans against the HRD ministry and demanded action against persons concerned, however influential they might be. The police put barricades and lobbed water cannons to control the students.