Protests against the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, who was expelled by the University of Hyderabad, has reached the national capital.
A group from the Students Federation of India (SFI) launched a massive agitation on 18 January outside the HRD Ministry. Security personnel had to use water cannons to disperse the protesters. Students allegedly broke barricades and pelted stones. The protestors were lathicharged, and some were detained.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been lodged against Union Cabinet Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatrey, who wrote a letter to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani on 17 August. In his letter, Dattatrey had brandedthe students of the University as “anti-national and casteist”. He had also urged the HRD minister to take action against the Ambedkar Student Association, of which Vemula was a member.