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Still awaiting reply on Vemula’s caste status: Cyberabad Police

Still awaiting reply on Vemula’s caste status: Cyberabad Police
Cyberabad Police on Wednesday said they are awaiting reply from Guntur Collector on the caste status of research scholar Rohit Vemula, who committed “suicide” on the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus here on January 17, to enable them to finalise investigation in the case.

“It (Vemula’s death) was unfortunate. To finalise investigation in the case (registered under) SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act...we need to have certificate/report from the Tahsildar or Collector with regard to the caste of the deceased (Vemula),” Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya told reporters here.

“There is some problem in that regard...We (Cyberabad Police) have written several times to the Collector and that reply/report based on which we can proceed in this case that is not there. If the 
Collector gives reply to the letters we can finalise investigation into the case,” the Cyberabad Police chief said.

Shandilya said he had already met officials of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), who are also following this case. “As of now due to police...(investigations into) this case is not delayed,” he asserted.

Vemula’s suicide on January 17 at the UoH had sparked massive nationwide protests, resulting in a fierce political slugfest, with a string of political parties and Dalit organisations siding with students and accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and varsity administration of being anti-Dalit.

A group of students under Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, which spearheaded the protests, had held University of Hyderabad VC Appa Rao Podile responsible for the suicide of the research scholar. 


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