Saturday, February 13, 2016
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has summoned the District Collector of Guntur Kantilal Dande in a case relating to the suicide of Rohit Vemula, a Ph.D student of University of Hyderabad on January 17.
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has issued notices to the Chief Secretary , Telangana, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad and the Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad to be present with the relevant information and documents. The action of NCSC came following a petition filed by Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohit over the alleged discrimination faced by her son on the HCU campus. The Commission also took into the cognizance of the controversy that erupted over the caste of the deceased scholar by both Telugu speaking States.
The entire issue surfaced when the ABVP and BJP affiliated organization raised the questioning the validity of the SC caste certificate produced by Rohit during his admission in Hyderabad Central university and the Telangana Police and Andhra Pradesh revenue officers soon launched an inquiry. The top police officials of Telangana visited the Gurazala and Guntur and spoke to Rohit’s father and grandfather and recorded their statements. Revenue officials of Guntur said that a SC certificate was issued in 2004 and another certificate was issued in 2014 through Mee Seva .
Radhika, mother of Rohit contended that she belong to SC (Mala) community and had brought her three children on Dalit colony while her estranged husband Mani Kumar claimed that Rohit inherited his caste, Vaddera, listed on OBC community. Radhika born to Dalit agricultural coolies and was adopted by one Anjani Devi and was married to a man from OBC.