The friends and family of Rohith Vemula slammed Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday and accused her of lying in parliament.
“Smriti Irani, this is not a serial, this is real life. Bring out the facts, don’t fabricate them,” said Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula in Delhi.
“In parliament Smriti Irani was taking name of chief warden who was a Dalit. She has time and again raised this… she can go through records, check all flies, chief warden was never a part of any inquiry process related to the incident,” Vemula’s friend Prashant said at a press conference today. He was accompanied by Vemula’s mother and brother.
“Why is she scared to talk about Rohith’s comments on ABVP in parliament?” he asked.
Another friend of Vemula, Vijay said: “I don’t know how these ministers are stating lies in temple of democracy. Smriti Irani is using cinematic and dramatic kind of expressions which cannot transform falsehood into truth.”
On Wednesday, Smriti Irani had said in her reply to a debate in the Lok Sabha that nobody allowed a doctor near Rohith and there was no attempt to revive him.She also accused that Rohith’s body was used as a political tool.
But the doctor who examined Vemula rejects the claim. While talking to media, she said “I examined his pulse and blood pressure, despite knowing he is probably dead. There was no pulse or blood pressure. His body was cold, stiff and rigid. His tongue was protruding and rigor mortis had set in,”.
Radhika Vemula along with others are dragged in the streets and later detained by the Delhi Police while attending the peaceful candle light procession march for Rohith.