The District Level Scrutiny Committee in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh has submitted its final report to the government stating that neither Rohith Vemula nor his mother Radhika Vemula were Dalits.
The report submitted by committee concluded that the Scheduled Caste certificate obtained through fraudulent means by the family should also be cancelled, CNN-News18 reported.
“Yes, we have submitted the report. We have conducted detailed inquiry, and found he was not a Dalit as claimed by his family.” Guntur Collector Kantilal Dande was quoted by CNN-News 18 as saying.
“As a procedure, the family has been intimated about the findings of the inquiry. A notice has been sent seeking their response, before any action,” Dande added.
The suicide of research scholar Rohith Vemula inside the Hyderabad University premises had triggered outrage and protests all over the country. Vemula was an active cadre in the Ambedkarite students organisation ASA.
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and HCU vice-chancellor Appa Rao were named in an FIR lodged by the police under the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act for abetting Vemula’s suicide.