Dalit student incident: LJP demands independent probe

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New Delhi, Jan 21: NDA ally LJP on Thursday, Jan 21 sought an "independent probe by CBI or some other agency" into the incident of suicide by a dalit student in Hyderabad University but was dismissive of opposition demand for resignation of Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Bandatru Dattatreya over it.

LJP stuck to its demand for an independent probe even as the two-member team set up by the HRD Ministry to look into the matter returned here last evening after visiting the campus and is expected to submit its report soon.

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Party MP Ramchandra Paswan, who led an LJP delegation to Hyderabad and met students protesting against the incident, told reporters here that he had submitted the report to LJP chief and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan last night.

The Union Minister, however, parried questions on the issue leaving his younger brother Ram Chandra Paswan and son Chirag Paswan (both Lok Sabha MPs) to speak on it.

Despite a volley of questions on the issue, Paswan, the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, who addressed a press conference at his residence, chose to restrict himself only to issues concerning his ministry.

"We condemn the incident.There is anger among students, which is natural. Strong action should be taken against whoever is responsible for Rohith Vemula's suicide," Ramchandra Paswan said on the sidelines of the press meet.

LJP Parliamentary Board Chairman Chirag Paswan sought a thorough probe into the issue by "an independent investigating agency like CBI or any other body."

"There is a need to find out what led to Rohith to take this extreme step. The probe should be carried out by some independent investigating agency -- be it CBI or some other. I am not saying that only CBI should probe it. "An indpendent probe should be carried out and then whoever is found resoponsible must be punished," Chirag said.

Asserting that a "strong message" should be sent on the issue, the LJP leader that all the facts must come out.

PTI 

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