SALEM: The parents of deceased JNU scholar Muthu krishnan demanded a CBI probe into the alleged suicide. Muthu krishnan (30), son of Dalit couple Jeevanandam and Alamelu, was pursuing his MPhil in Modern History at JNU. The couple also has three daughters. Jeevanandam, a resident of Saminathapuram near Arisipalayam in Salem was working as a security guard.
Speaking to mediapersons before leaving to Delhi on Monday night, Jeevanandam, said, “I do not think that my boy committed suicide. He was not a coward and had participated in various protests while studying in Hyderabad University. We suspect foul play.”
Interacting with media on Tuesday, Muthukrishnan’s mother Alamelu said, “My son was a brilliant student and he got seat in JNU on merit. On Monday evening, his friends called me and told about the suicide. He was a very bold person and we cannot believe that he committed suicide. The Union government should order a CBI inquiry. Until our demands are fulfilled, we will not receive his body and also won’t allow authorities to conduct postmortem.”
Also, the body should be brought to Salem and the postmortem should be conducted here by a special team of doctors, she added.
Meanwhile, Salem North MLA and DMK central district secretary Panamarathupatti R Rajendran visited Muthukrishnan’s house on Tuesday and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to Alamelu.
Speaking to mediapersons, the MLA said, “It is unfortunate that he is no more. The Union government should investigate the death. The deceased himself mentioned in his Facebook page that caste discrimination prevails in JNU.”
Similarly, cadre of VCK staged a hunger strike before Muthukrishnan’s house on Tuesday seeking an inquiry.
On Monday, members of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and VCK staged a road roko at Four Roads.
They wanted the government to provide Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the kin of the deceased and also a judicial inquiry into the death.