Hyderabad research scholar's suicide: BJP 'honours' the dead with terror supporter tag

Party general secretary P Muralidhar Rao claims videos of Vemula’s speeches showed he had views supporting terrorists like Yakub Memon

Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary P Muralidhar Rao yesterday shielded his party from the allegations levelled following suicide of the Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in the Hyderabad Central University (HCU), saying that the suicide was in no way related to his caste. Rao alleged that the protests were politically driven.

Police detain DSO (students wing of SUCI) activists for holding a protest against the HRDS Ministry in front of Governor House in Kolkata yesterday. Pic/Pti
Police detain DSO (students wing of SUCI) activists for holding a protest against the HRDS Ministry in front of Governor House in Kolkata yesterday. Pic/PTI

He further said Vemula had psychological problems, which were revealed in his suicide note. The minister also cocooned Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, saying that the minister did his job upon receiving a report.

Earlier, Rao had said Vemula’s suicide note was in fact an ‘ammunition’ for his party to ‘expose’ the matter. “Many of his speeches, for which we have videos, show he had views that were supporting terrorists like Yakub Memon,” Rao said.

He added the context of the clash between the student groups was Rohith’s stand in support of terrorism, including that against the hanging of Yakub Memon.

'It is not a Dalit vs non-Dalit conflict'

New Delhi: Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani asserted that the suicide of Rohith Vemula was not a Dalit versus a non-Dalit confrontation, and attempts were being made to 'ignite passion' in the case of the scholar's death across communities. "This is not a Dalit versus non-Dalit issue as some people are trying to portray. There has been a malice attempt to ignite passions and present this as a caste battle it is not," she told media persons. Irani also claimed Rohith suicide note, circulated across the media, was not the authorized copy, following which she read out a quote from the original letter in which no political organisation or politician was being held responsible for his fate.     

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