Dalit student who shouted Modi Murdabad evicted from Ambedkar University hostel

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Student of Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar University, who chanted ‘Narendra Modi murdabad’ on Friday has now been evicted from the hostel by the university authorities.

Shortly after his protest on the suicide of the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula during Modi’s programme, student Ram Karan Nirmal discovered his stay in the hostel had been cancelled.

31-year-old Nirmal told The Hindu newspaper that he found a glaring similarity between his eviction and the harassment faced by Hyderabad scholar Rohith Vemula.

“I voiced my dissent. For that I was evicted from the Siddhartha Boys’ Hostel of the university and my boarding for the night cancelled even though my room was booked for two days. We had deposited Rs. 200 for the boarding,” Nirmal was quoted by the newspaper.

With no shelter available, Nirmal was forced to spend the night in the biting north Indian cold all through the night.

Nirmal and his other dalit student friends, who shouted “Modi, go back,” “Modi Murdabad,” “Inquilab zindabad, Phule Ambedkar zindabad,” during the convocation ceremony on Friday, said that they had no regret over their action.

They said that they were “proud” of their act. “We feel like responsible citizens who have the right to dissent. If given a chance we will do it again,” student Arya, 24, an LLM graduate, told The Hindu.

Both Nirmal and Arya have also been booked under Section 151 (disturbance of public peace) of the Indian Penal Code and sent to preventive custody. They are, however, out on bail now.

(Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

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