Mangaluru, Jan 21, 2016: Various organisations including DYFI, SFI, PUCL and DSS staged a protest in the city on January 20, Wednesday demanding action against those who abetted the suicide of Hyderabad Central University research scholar Rohith Vemula recently.
Addressing the protestors, Prof. Narendra Nayak, President of Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations alleged that meritorious students of Dalit communities who were pursuing higher education were being offended ever since BJP government came to power at the Centre. The Sangh Parivar has a hidden agenda behind this, he alleged.
Urging the government to conduct an impartial probe into the suicide Vemula, Prof. Nayak said caste and communal issues might have played a role in the suicide.
Prof. Nayak said he himself had been a witness to atrocities on backward class students at Hyderabad University and suspected all these as a move to drive out Dalits and backward class students from the higher educational institutions.
Eminent thinker Prof. Bhoomigowda, DSS leader M Devaraj, DYFI State President Muneer Katipalla, PUCL leader PB D’Sa and many others addressed the protestors.