AIDMK, DMK express concerns over JNU Dalit scholar death

12 days ago | 14-03-2017 | IBNS

Chennai, Mar 14 : Political parties of Tamil Nadu like AIDMK and DMK expressed concerns over the suicide of a Dalit scholar in Jawaharlal Nehru University and urged the Centre for a CBI investigation.

DMK leader and working President M K Stalin urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

MPhil scholar Muthu Krishnan of JNU, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, was found hanging in the Universitys hostel room on Monday.

Krishnan was associated with the movement of seeking justice for Hyderabad University Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula.

According to the media reports, JNU Students Union (JNUSU) alleged that Krishnan was victimised for his association with the protest of seeking justice for the death of Rohith Vemula.

Rohith Vemula who was a research scholar in Hyderabad Central University committed suicide last year as his fellowship was reportedly stopped after he raised issues under Ambedkar Students Association and protested against the death penalty of a convicted terrorist Yakub Memon.

The Delhi police cannot brush aside the fact that Krishnan was one of those who had sought justice for Vemula, and his Facebook post on inequality also cannot be ignored, DMK working President M K Stalin said according to a media report.

However, Krishnan did not leave any suicide note but the police said that they would look into some of the Facebook posts that he had written of late.

Krishnan wrote about inequality on his Facebook wall few days back.

AIDMK general secretary T T V Dinakaran said: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal should take special interest and order for a probe and bring facts to light. The culprit should not be spared at any cost.

Speaking about the ongoing investigation, DCP (South) said: Reason for the suicide is yet to be known. We are investigating his recent Facebook page. His room was searched but no suicide note was found. We have sealed his room so that we can investigate more. It is too early say anything about the reason for his suicide.

JNU faculty however denied the allegations of inequality among its students.