Protest against Rohith Vemula’s death in Udupi1 min read
Udupi: With questions being raised regarding the death of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar of the Hyderabad Central University (HCU), a protest was held on January 24 by members of Karnataka Dalit Sangarsha Samiti (DSS), Udupi District unit, at the Clock Tower near Udupi bus stand.
The protesters demanded the dismissal of Appa Rao Podile, Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad. They held HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Labour and Employment minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, the Vice-Chancellor and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad responsible for the death of the research scholar. Jayant Malpe, DSS leader said, “Injustice and discrimination still continues to exist. Dalits have been facing atrocities over decades. We ask for a separate state for them as they can no longer survive in such an intolerant country”.
Phaniraj, leader of Sauharda Samiti narrated the sequence of events- Vemula’s protest against Yakub Memon’s hanging, the clash with ABVP at HCU campus over the screening of documentary ‘Muzzafarnagar baaqi hai’ and Bandaru Dattatreya’s subsequent letter to HRD ministry. “It was a conspiracy in which two union ministers are directly culpable,’ said Phaniraj.
Meanwhile, advocate and DSS Leader Manjunath Giliyaru demanded for a thorough investigation to be done and added that such injustice needs to end in our country. The main motive of this protest was to show solidarity to all SC/STs. The protesters shouted out slogans saying ‘Rohith hum sharminda hai, Dhronacharya abhi zinda hai’ (Rohith we apologise, Dronacharya is still alive) and ‘Modi government, down down’. Later, the protesters burned effigies of Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya.