Rohit suicide: Subramanian Swamy terms protesters 'dogs'

INDIA-STUDENTS-SUICIDE-PROTEST A student holds a placard during a silent protest in Mumbai | AFP

At a time when the entire country is in the grip of intense protests over the suicide of a Dalit scholar at the University of Hyderabad, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy sparked off an outrage on Friday with a controversial tweet in which he apparently termed the protesters as “dogs”.

Swamy's comment came on the same day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the death of Rohith Vemula and said Mother India has lost a son.

Rohit committed suicide days after he was suspended along with four other Dalit students for allegedly assaulting a member of the ABVP.

Rohit's suicide has kicked up a major row with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya coming under intense attack from political rivals, who have blamed them for the incident and demanded their removal.

Meanwhile, the Central government has set up a judicial commission to probe the circumstances which led to the suicide of Rohit.

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