There are reports of the RSS workers allegedly thrashing group of protesters, who were protesting the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Mumbai’s Dharavi area on Sunday evening.
The photos of the scuffle with some sustaining injuries are being posted on social media platforms.
User Sreejith Murali posted a link to the report carried by a website India Resists.
According to the website, some 500 people were protesting in Dharavi ‘for justice for Rohith Vemula’ when they were allegedly beaten up by ‘goons of RSS.’
Soon after they were attacked, the protesters marched towards the ‘nearest police station to lodge complaint against the RSS attackers.’
Several protesters have reportedly sustained injuries.
Senior journalist Nikhil Wagle tweeted, “What’s happening in Dharavi?Did RSS workers beat dalit protestors? What Vinod Tawde, minister, doing there at this hour? Something serious?”
What's happening in Dharavi?Did RSS workers beat dalit protestors? What Vinod Tawde, minister, doing there at this hour? Something serious?
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) January 24, 2016
Aam Aadmi Party’s Preeti Sharma Menon too tweeted about this incident, ” RSS goons beat up student protestors in Dharavi. @mumbaipolice has detained protestors, no action on RSS. @CPMumbaiPolice”
Mumbai police was quick to respond to her tweet promising action against the guilty.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) January 24, 2016
Menon later tweeted that she was being threatened by ‘BJP spokies in media’ for posting the above news on twitter.
Rohit Vemula had committed suicide earlier this month after he along with four other dalit students were expelled at the behest of the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani. Irani, in a series of letters to the Hyderabad University administration, described the dalit students ‘anti-national’ for their act of allegedly attacking a student leader of ABVP- student wing of the RSS.