Questions are being raised on Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s alleged assault on an ABVP student Nandanam Susheel Kumar. ABVP student’s medical report contradicts claims that he was assaulted.
Nandanam Susheel Kumar had alleged that he was beaten by 40 members of the Ambedkar Students’ Association including Rohith inside his hostel room on August 3 and he was admitted to a private hospital later that night for an appendicitis surgery.But the report of Archana Hospital in Madinaguda, where he was operated, says he was treated for acute appendicitis on August 7.
The report says that the 26-year-old was admitted with abdominal pain. There is no mention of any external injury in the medical report.
Nandanam’s father approached Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya after which he sent a letter to the Union HRD Ministry.
The discharge report of Archana Hospitals says: “Blunt trauma abdomen with acute appendicitis.” It also mentions an injury on his left shoulder. Three days later on August 7, Susheel Kumar was operated upon for appendicitis.
Susheel Kumar had given a written apology for his comments on Facebook.
Four months after the alleged attack on Susheel Kumar, the Hyderabad Central University suspended Rohith and four other students, and banned them from the hostel, cafeteria and other common areas on campus.
It has now emerged that following union minister Bandaru Dattatreya’s letter to Irani in August, the ministry wrote five letters between September and November seeking a response from Hyderabad University over the minister’s letter. Mint has reviewed all six letters.
Dattatreya, in his 17 August letter, referred to clashes between two groups of students over the hanging of 1993 Mumbai bombing suspect Yakub Memon.
Hyderabad University, a Central University located in Hyderabad has, in the recent past, become a den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics. This could be visualized from the fact that when Yakub Menon (sic) was hanged, a dominant students union, that is Ambedkar Students’ Association has held protests against the execution,” Dattatreya wrote in his letter to Irani.
Dattatreya, in his letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, said that the Hyderabad university “has in the recent past, become a den of casteist, extremist and anti-national politics”.
Susheel said “My father submitted a letter to the Minister detailing the attack on me on August 3, explaining why I was not safe on the campus and asking university officials to take action.