Hyderabad university revokes suspension of 4 Dalit students

Hyderabad: The executive council of University of Hyderabad on Thursday revoked the suspension of four Dalit research scholars.

The executive council at its meeting on Thursday took the decision even as the campus continued to be rocked by protests over the suicide of Rohith Vemula.

"After taking into account the extraordinary situation prevailing in the university, and after discussing the issue in detail, it resolved to terminate the punishment imposed on the students concerned with immediate effect," a statement by the university said.

Five Dalit students including Rohith were suspended in November 2015 by a sub-committee of the executive council after their alleged clash with a leader of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The students were expelled from the hostel. Rohith committed suicide on Sunday.

Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao has appealed to "the university community to maintain calmness and harmony under the extraordinary circumstances prevailing on the campus and repose faith in the internal mechanisms to resolve the issue".

He fervently urged all in the university to contribute to resuming regular class work, research activities and administrative work without further delay.

He called upon all the teachers, students, officers and supporting staff to rise to the occasion, the statement added.

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