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Dalit JNU scholar's father demands CBI probe into his death

Dalit JNU scholars father demands CBI probe into his death
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A Dalit research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who was at the forefront of a students\' movement following Rohith Vemula\'s suicide, was found dead at a friend\'s residence with his family demanding a CBI probe into his death.

New Delhi: A Dalit research scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), who was at the forefront of a students' movement following Rohith Vemula's suicide, was found dead at a friend's residence with his family demanding a CBI probe into his death.

Muthu Krishnan, 28, an M Phil student at JNU's Centre for Historical studies, hanged himself from a ceiling fan on Monday at his friend's residence in South Delhi's Munirka area, police said. However, his family from Tamil Nadu was not ready to accept police's version that he committed suicide.

In a Facebook post on March 10, Krishnan, who was also known as Rajini Krish, had severely criticised the JNU's amended admission policy for PhD and MPhil courses.

Krishnan, who hails from Tamil Nadu's Salem district, studied at the Hyderabad University, before joining the JNU and was known to a close friend of Rohit Vemula, whose suicide in January last year had triggered a nationwide students unrest.

In his Facebook post that has gone viral, Krishnan had slammed the recent prohibitory order by JNU authorities banning protests at the administration block and was severely critical of JNU's new admission policy.

“There is no equality in MPhil/PhD admissions, there is no equality in viva-voce, there is only denial of equality, denying Prof Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, denying students protest places in Ad-block, denying education to the marginals. When Equality is denied everything is denied,” he had written.

His body was taken for postmortem to AIIMS on Monday and the premier hospital has constituted a five-member board to conduct the autopsy and issued direction for videography of the procedure that will be carried out on Wednesday.

The decision by AIIMS to form the board came after the student’s family members along with some politicians from Congress, AIADMK and DMK and a few JNU students visited the hospital demanding transparency in the autopsy.

"My son cannot commit suicide. He was very strong and confident. We want a CBI probe to be conducted and actual reason behind his death be revealed," said Jeevanandam, Krishnan's father.

He also demanded registration of an FIR under the SC/ST Act.

Political leaders in Tamil Nadu – DMK’s MK Stalin, AIADMK’s TTV Dinakaran and many others – also called for a CBI probe.

Police probing the case claimed Krishnan was not associated with any of the politically active groups in JNU and that there is no prima facie evidence indicating the university administration's role in the issue.

The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) alleged that Krishnan was "targeted" for his association with the movement seeking justice for Vemula and that depression had made him take the extreme step. It, however, did not clarify who had targeted him.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakh to Krishnan's family.

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