Students observe Shahadat Din on Rohit Vemula's first death anniversary

Mohammad Saifi, brother of Mohammad Akhlaq who was lynched in Dadri for allegedly consuming beef, Fatima Nafees mother JNU missing student Najeeb Ahmed and other Dalit families who were beaten in Una for skinning a dead cow will join the rally

Students observe Shahadat Din on Rohit Vemula

The students of Hyderabad University on Monday commemorated the first death anniversary of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula as 'Rohith Shahadath Din'. The students gathered at the campus under Joint Action Committee's banner.

On Tuesday at 2 pm, various organisations and individuals will assemble at "Rohit Stupa" in Veliwadafollowed by a remembrance demonstration. Radhika Vemula, Rohit's mother will lead the rally.


Mohammad Saifi, brother of Mohammad Akhlaq who was lynched in Dadri for allegedly consuming beef, Fatima Nafees mother JNU missing student Najeeb Ahmed and other Dalit families who were beaten in Una for skinning a dead cow will also join the rally.

The Joint action committee released a statement which read: "On January 17, all those who have suffered at the hands of casteist and communal goons will assemble at the Rohith Stupa to remember his legacy and to vow that the fight will go on. We will gather to let out a collective slogan saying no to caste and communalism."Rohit Vemula committed suicide on January 17, 2016, which triggered massive protests in the campus, followed by top political leaders joining the demonstrations demanding justice.

Rohit Vemula committed suicide on January 17, 2016, which triggered massive protests in the campus, followed by top political leaders joining the demonstrations demanding justice.

The University administration under Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile along with BJP government at the centre were accused of being anti-Dalit and discriminatory which led to the death of Rohit.

The Cyderabad police had lodged cases against Vice Chancellor, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and others under SC/ST act. The police told media that they are waiting for the reply of Guntur Collector on Rohit's caste to finalise the investigation.

The University administration disallowed students from holding commemorative programs and also barred entry of outsiders in the campus.

Joint action committee member Munna told CNN-NEWS18,  "Students want the entire program to be very peaceful. However, if University administration will not co-operate, there will be a reaction from students."