Who is Bandaru Dattatreya, why is he being charged with abetting Dalit student Rohith Vemula suicide?

Who is Bandaru Dattatreya, why is he being charged with abetting Dalit student Rohith Vemula suicide?

By: || Updated: 19 Jan 2016 01:06 PM
New Delhi: Bandaru Dattatreya is an Indian politician currently the Minister of Labour and Employment in the Narendra Modi Government.

He was charged with abetting the suicide of a Hyderabad University student.

The 26-year-old Rohith Vemula had hanged himself in a hostel room on Sunday. He had been expelled from university hostel in December for allegedly having a brawl with ABVP student leader.

“A probe into the incident by the proctorial board in August last year, however, gave a clean chit to Vemula and his colleagues, saying there was no evidence to conclusively prove that the five dalit scholars were involved in the brawl,” TOI reported.

Dattatreya wrote to HRD minister Smriti Irani, describing the university as a den of "casteist, extremist and anti-national politics".

"This could be visualised from the fact that the day Yakub Memon was hanged, a dominant students' union, ASA, has held protests against the execution," Dattatreya's letter on August 12, 2015 read.

After the letter, the same proctorial board found him and other students guilty and banished him from college hostel. He committed suicide after his pleas to reverse the decision were not heeded to.

Duttatrey has been an ardent RSS follower. He has played a pivotal roal in establishing BJP’s political activities in Andhra Pradesh.

He has been a 4-time MP of Telangana’s Sikunderabad. He was also a minister of state in Vajpayee government.

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