Indian student's suicide: Judicial commission report says he was not Dalit

Vemula's suicide had triggered a huge political storm in the country with students carrying out protests and demonstrations across the nation. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 24, 2016, 08.03 AM (IST)
The Justice (retd) AK Roopanwal Commission, which was constituted by India's HRD Ministry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University, has in its report said that the research scholar did not belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.

There is, however, no official confirmation on the reports being submitted to the country's University Grants Commission (UGC) so far.

Top officials in the HRD Ministry did not comment on the development.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the report had not reached him yet.

The 26-year-old had committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of a hostel room in the university based in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Vemula's suicide had triggered a huge political storm with opposition parties launching a massive attack on the Union Government over the issue.

(With inputs from agencies)
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