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The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the
following statement:

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its deep anguish at the suicide of
a dalit student, Vemula Rohit, in the Central University of Hyderabad.

The four dalit students were on indefinite hunger strike protesting against
the newly-appointed Vice Chancellor’s decision to rusticate them from the
hostels of the University.

Following an alleged altercation between the RSS student wing – ABVP – and
the Ambedkar Students Union, an enquiry was conducted by the University and
the incident appeared to have been settled.

The newly-appointed Vice Chancellor, allegedly, under pressure from the
Minister of the Union Cabinet belonging to Hyderabad and the consequent
direction by the Human Resources Development Ministry, had taken this action
of suspension from the hostels.  The hunger strike was a protest against
this action by the Vice Chancellor.

Under these circumstances, the Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the Vice
Chancellor’s motivated decision that led to this suicide  and demands that
the Vice Chancellor be booked under the SC Prevention of Atrocities Act
immediately.

The Central government must conduct a thorough enquiry into this incident in
this prestigious Central University that was established by law by the
Parliament of India.

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