Protests erupt over Hyderabad scholar's suicide, dozens detained
Hyderabad Police use water cannons to disperse students during a protest against the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi over the suicide of Hyderabad scholar Rohit Vemula.
Around 70 students were detained after scores of them engaged in violent protest outside the HRD Ministry.
The students vent their ire over the alleged suicide of a Dalit research scholar of Hyderabad Central University.
Students under the banner of Left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) and Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) marched to Shastri Bhawan to seek HRD minister Smriti Irani's intervention in the issue.
The protest turned violent as students tried to jump over barricades.
They attacked security personnel causing injuries.
It prompted the police to use water cannons and detain students.
Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and Hyderabad University Vice Chancellor were named in an FIR over the death of the scholar, which triggered massive protests.
This triggered the demands for their removal from their posts.
The issue also took a political turn with allegations that the extreme action was a result of discrimination against Dalit students at the behest of Dattatreya, who had written a letter to Irani, seeking action against their "anti-national acts".
Human Resource Development ministry has constituted a two-member fact finding team to look into the matter related to the suicide of a research scholar in Hyderabad Central University.