Activists stage black flag protests before Modi’s visit in Coimbatore

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Over 150 activists belonging to several student unions and Dalit organisations on Monday staged a black flag protest against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleague Bandaru Dattareya in Coimbatore.

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However, the police acted swiftly and arrested them before the prime minister could arrive.

According to police, the students were protesting against the death of Hyderabad University Dalit scholar, Rohith Vemula.

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They demanded immediate arrest of Dattareya for his role in writing to the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani seeking actions against Vemula and four other students.

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They were later expelled from the university, a decision that proved fatal forcing Vemula to commit suicide.

Modi, who was earlier in Kozhikode to take part in Global Ayurveda meet, is in Coimbatore to address a public meeting in the textile city and launch an ESI medical college.

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