Hyderabad: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Prakash Reddy on Tuesday was heckled by students at Hyderabad University, who were staging protest over the alleged suicide by PhD scholar Rohith Vemula.
The suicide by a Dalit student of Hyderabad University today snowballed into a major issue with BJP's rivals wading into it and demanding the removal of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya, accusing them of being responsible for the death.
Rohith was found hanging from the ceiling of a room in the New Research Scholars' Hostel late on Sunday. He was one of the five Dalit students suspended and expelled from the hostel and was staging a protest on the campus for the past 15 days.
As Congress mounted the demand for the sacking of the HRD and Labour Ministers, Rahul Gandhi led the multi-party charge attacking them and the Vice Chancellor Appa Rao saying "The VC and the Union Ministers in Delhi have not acted fairly. This youngster was put in so much pain that he had no option but to kill himself."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack the two ministers who allegedly interfered in the internal matters of the University of Hyderabad, culminating in a Dalit student's suicide.