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‘Govt flared up JNU issue to maskVemula suicide’

JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar today alleged the government flared up the issue of JNU to divert people’s attention from the Rohit Vemula’s suicide issue and subsequent developments.

Addressing a press conference after landing here this afternoon, Kumar, accompanied by local CPI leaders, said the fight will continue until the government brings “Rohit Act” to curb atrocities on the lines of Nirbhaya Act.

“The government smartly made issue of JNU to keep Rohit Vemula’s issue under carpet. But we all know that even if we are different, we are one when it comes to saving justice in the nation. That’s why as soon as I came out jail, on behalf of JNUSU, I thought I would go to Hyderabad. My first visit outside Delhi would be Hyderabad,” he said.

He said Vemula’s mother is like Bhagat Singh’s mother in present circumstances.

Kumar was scheduled to address a meeting on the campus this evening at the invitation of the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice, which had spearheaded an agitation earlier demanding “justice” for Dalit research scholar Vemula, who committed suicide in a hostel room at HCU on January 17.

“Today, I will first meet Rohith Vemula’s mother Radhika and his brother Raja. JAC has invited me to address a public meeting on HCU campus… If police allows me then I will definitely go to HCU and address the students,” Kanhaiya told reporters at the Rajiv Gandhi International airport here.

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