Hyderabad University Revokes 4 Dalits Scholar’s Suspensions

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Hyderabad: The executive council of the University of Hyderabad on Thursday revoked the suspension of four dalit PhD scholars who had been expelled, along with Rohith Vemula, in December last year.

The students – Sontha Prasanth, Pepapudi Vijay Kumar, Sheshaiah Chemudugunta and Velpula Sunkanna though allowed to attend classes, were barred from entering the hostel, library, mess and other common areas within the university premises post the December order. Their suspension was a result of a complaint filed by ABVP student leader Susheel Kumar who had accused these scholars and Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) members of assaulting him.

In a note released on Thursday, hours after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the campus and demanded that Union HRD minister Smriti Irani apologize to the entire nation for issuing false statements in the Vemula case, the EC said: “The council after taking into account the extraordinary situation prevailing in the university, and after discussing the issue in detail, has resolved to terminate the punishment imposed on the students concerned with immediate effect”.

Predictably, the announcement brought much cheer to protesting students who have been demanding that the university revoke the suspension of these students, since the day Vemula committed suicide in a hostel room. They, however, vowed to continue their agitation unless the Centre agreed to meet their other demands that include the expulsion of university vice-chancellor, Appa Rao Podile.

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