New Delhi : The Delhi Police on Wednesday registered an FIR under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 3 (x) of SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act in the alleged suicide case of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD student Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham.
This comes after Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman earlier in the day asked the Delhi Police to register an FIR under the SC/ST Act and start the probe in the suspected death of the student.
Earlier, the JNU students during Sitharaman’s visit to the campus asked her as to why the Delhi Police had not yet registered any FIR or initiated any tangible action in this regard.
A PhD scholar of the JNU allegedly committed suicide in the Munirka Vihar area here late on Monday evening. According to the Delhi Police, Jeevanantham was depressed over personal issues, though no suicide note was found near his body.
There was no evidence that he killed himself due to any issues at the university.
Reportedly, Jeevanantham had come to his friends’ house to have food. He later said that he wanted to sleep and locked himself inside a room.
The PhD student, however, in his Facebook post on March 10 mentioned about discrimination against Dalits.
“There is no Equality in M.Phil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in Viva-voce, there is only denial of equality. When equality is denied everything is denied,” the post said.
He was active in the ‘Justice for Rohit Vemula’ movement last year and was a part of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) at the University of Hyderabad.
PhD student Rohith Vemula had killed himself at the University of Hyderabad after alleged caste-based discrimination, inciting protests across the country.