Rohith Vemula's mother meets Telangana CM Revanth Reddy, seeks 'justice'

Rohith Vemula's mother meets Telangana CM Revanth Reddy, seeks 'justice'

Hyderabad | Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika Vemula met Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy here on Saturday and urged him to see to it that "justice" is done to the family.

Reddy assured her that an investigation would be conducted again into the University of Hyderabad student's suicide in 2016 and that justice would be done, an official release said.

The chief minister assured that a fair and transparent investigation would be conducted further, Rohith Vemula's brother Raja Vemula told PTI Videos.

He expressed confidence that justice would be done to them under the present Congress government.

"We have opposed the closure report submitted by the police. We also raised concerns regarding the issues they have mentioned in the report," he said, adding that the competent authority to clarify on the caste status is the district Collector of Guntur in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and not the police," he said.

Raja Vemula also said they sought cases filed against some other students be cancelled.

Talking to reporters Saturday evening at the University of Hyderabad, Rohith Vemula's mother Radhika Vemula took exception to the observation in the closure report that her son did not belong to SC.

"My son belongs to SC. I am a Dalit. How can police say that my son is not SC. Police don't enquire about caste (it is not their job). That is a false campaign," she said.

She also found fault with an argument that Rohith Vemula died because he did not excel in studies. Her son excelled in studies, she claimed.

Radhika Vemula said CM Revanth Reddy assured of a fair probe into the case. "What we want is fair inquiry, the inquiry so far has been defective," she said, thanking the Chief Minister for his support.

The ABVP, RSS, BJP people may be celebrating over the closure report, but they need not celebrate so much, she said.

She also said she will continue her fight till all those responsible for the death of Rohith Vemula are punished.

Police have filed a closure report before a local court in its probe into the death of Rohith Vemula, a student of the University of Hyderabad, claiming he was not a Dalit and died by suicide in 2016 as he feared that his "real caste" would be discovered.

Telangana DGP Ravi Gupta has already announced to conduct further investigation into the case in view of the doubts expressed by Rohith Vemula's mother and others on the closure report.

A petition will be filed in the court concerned requesting the Magistrate to permit further investigation into the case, he said in a statement on Friday night.

The police gave a clean chit to the accused, including incumbent Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, former BJP MLC N Ramchander Rao, and cited lack of evidence in the case.

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