Hyderabad: In December last year, five dalit students at a Hyderabad university were asked to vacate their accommodation and find different quarters for themselves, Rohith Vemula was one of those five.
On 17th January 2016, his body was found hanging in the hostel room, questioning the attitude of the authorities towards Dalit students in the university.
According to a leading news channel, Rohit left a suicide note, addressing to the Vice Chancellor of the university.
In the note, he said that University administration should provide poison to its Dalit students since there was massive discrimination against them.
Rohith was a members of the Ambedkar union and had been accused of attacking an activist of the BJP-linked Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP in August, allegedly during a protest against the execution of 1993 Bombay blasts convict Yakub Memon.
The university cleared them in an initial inquiry, but reversed its decision allegedly after union minister Bandaru Dattatreya wrote to Education Minister Smriti Irani.
Since then they were barred from entering the administrative building, hostels, libraries, mess and other common areas, leading to massive protests by students.
They had been sleeping in the open along with other expelled students for the past two weeks, demanding reinstatement.
Rohit’s friends have alleged that they suffered social boycott.
On Sunday evening during the protest, Rohit managed to enter the NRS hostel, locked himself and took the extreme step.
Rohit's body was sent for post mortem amid protests from fellow students this morning.