Medical officer refutes Smriti Irani’s claims on Rohith Vemula’s suicide

New Delhi: The row over Rohith Vemula’s suicide fails to die down!

A day after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani made a statement in Lok Sabha on Rohith Vemula’s suicide, doctor on duty Chief Medical Officer M Rajshree on Thursday refuted her claims.

Smriti Irani on Wednesday in Lok Sabha had said, “No one allowed a doctor near this child, to revive this child. Instead, his body was used as a political tool.” She also said that no doctor had gone near Rohith’s body until 6.30 am the next day.

However, according to a report in The News Minute, Chief Medical Officer M Rajshree has claimed, “Security officials found the body and I got a call around 7:20 pm. By the time I reached the body was removed from the ceiling fan and within 10 minutes we declared him dead.”

“I also informed the V-C immediately. He asked me whether there was any possibility of reviving Rohith. I was there till 3 AM that day,” Dr Rajshree said.

On January 17, Rohith Vemula’s body was found around 6.30-7:00 pm in Room No. 207 of the New Research Scholars Hostel on the Hyderabad University campus.

It was security personnel who found Rohith hanging from the ceiling fan and called the doctor on duty CMO M Rajshree.