Govt. should pass Rohith Vemula Act: Kanhaiya

Hyderabad: Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, who is on a visit to Hyderabad University, today said that the Centre should pass the Rohith Vemula Act as soon as possible.

Kanhaiya said they will fight to press the Centre to pass the act so that no such incidents occur in future. He said he, along with three other JNU research scholars and professor, will meet Rohith Vemula’s mother.

Comparing Rohith’s mother to Bhagat Singh’s mother, he said, “The Joint Action committee has invited them to Hyderabad and in the evening a public meeting will be held.”

Rohith, 26, had committed suicide by hanging himself in the University of Hyderabad’s campus in January. He was earlier suspended from the university hostel in August last year by the administration for allegedly attacking an ABVP leader.

However, he did not comment anything about his meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Kanhaiya had met the Congress vice-president yesterday and thanked him for his support to the JNU students.

He led a delegation of JNUSU and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) leaders to meet Gandhi at his residence.

This is the first time that the Congress vice president met Kanhaiya since he was released on bail following uproar over alleged anti-national activities at the JNU campus. The student leader was charged with sedition.

Earlier, Gandhi had come out in full support for Kanhaiya amid the unrest at the JNU.

Kanhaiya was booked and arrested on a charge of involvement in anti-national sloganeering on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on February 9. (ANI)