VIJAYAWADA: Several organisations including Dalit associations staged protests and took out rallies here on Tuesday to mark the first death anniversary of Rohith Vemula, a research scholar who committed suicide on January 17, 2016 at Hyderabad Central University.
Dalit Rights Porata Samithi organised a rally from Thummalapalli Kala Kshetram to Lenin Centre. Participants had come up with three demands that the State and Central governments should provide government jobs for Raja Vemula, Rohith’s brother, and three acres land to Rohith’s family and the day that Rohith committed suicide has to be announced as Dalit Rights Day. In the city, Congress and organisations like Mala Sankshema Sangham,
AP State Youth Federation staged protest at Panja center, Winchypet and at several other places of the city.
AP Congress Committee spokesperson Kolanukonda Sivaji accused the Centre and State governments for trying to protect HCU vice chancellor Apparoa Podile and diluting the case with Roopanwala commission though the SC commission had already declared that Rohith belonged to the SC community.