HCU doctor condemns Union Minister Smirti Irani’s statement

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has stated in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday that no doctor had attended to HCU Ph.D. student Rohit Vemula’s body for several hours after he committed suicide, Dr.M.Rajshree condemned the statement.

Dr.M.Rajshree who was the duty doctor on January 17, the day on which the scholar committed suicide said that she had rushed to the room between 7.20 to 7.30pm after being informed of the same. ‘His body was removed from the ceiling fan by the time I reached there. I checked the body and declared him dead in 10 minutes. I also informed the Vice Chancellor, Registrar and dean of student Welfare. I was present till 3am that day, she said. This information was also recorded in the health book which was signed by Dr.Rajashree. ‘Body cold, bloody abdomen, protruding tongue, pupils were dilated, no heart sound and no sounds of berthing’ are some of the contents.

The Union Minister’s statement drew the ire of the HCU students JAC. ‘Whatever the minister said was untrue and the doctor examined in the presence of police and students, said Venkatesh Chouhan, a student leader.

Meanwhile HCU Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile who had gone on indefinite leave deposed before one man judicial commission. Acting Vice Chancellor M.Periasamy, Registrar M.Sudhakar and members of student unions also attended the inquiry commission. Sources said, retired judge Ashok Kumar will be visiting Hyderabad in March again with a questionnaire and take views of all concerned besides interacting with the students. His three day inquiry into the incident ended on Thursday.

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