Rohith Vemula suicide: Roopanwal commission submits report; says he was not Dalit

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The Justice (retd.) AK Roopanwal Commission, which was constituted by the HRD Ministry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad Central University, has reportedly submitted its report.

Though there was no official confirmation, reports say that the one-member commission has submitted its report to UGC officials.

According to Indian Express, the commission has said that the 26-year-old research scholar did not belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) community.

When Roopanwal was contacted by the daily, he refused to comment saying, “I cannot answer your questions. Please direct all your questions on the contents of the report to the government.”

Top officials in the HRD Ministry, when contacted by PTI, remained mum on the development. Higher Education Secretary VS Oberoi refused to confirm or deny that the report has been submitted.

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

The Roopanwal Commission had been formed by the HRD Ministry to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Vemula. He had committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling of a hostel room in the university. Vemula’s suicide had triggered a huge political storm with opposition parties launching a massive attack on the Union Government over the issue.

(With PTI inputs)

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