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Oppn seeks probe into JNU student's death, govt assures action

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Opposition members in the today sought a probe into the suspected suicide of a Dalit research scholar at the JNU and alleged "caste discrimination" there.

Responding to the members' concerns, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar assured the House of "suitable action" and said the entire House shared the grief over the death of Muthu Krishnan, an M Phil student at JNU's Centre for Historical Studies.

"It is very shocking. He had written a post criticising the Dalit policy of the JNU. He had recorded incidents of discrimination. His father has sought a enquiry. It is a very serious incident," K Suresh (Congress) said.

An member alleged caste discrimination and bias against students from south and sought a HRD ministry probe.

These members recalled the suspected suicide of another Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in the University of last year. The HRD ministry had faced a lot of flak for its handling of that matter.

Muthu Krishnan knew Vemula and had joined the protests following his death.

Observing that the entire House shared the grief, the Minister said "the JNU authorities rushed to provide all assistance to his family. Post-mortem is still on and the Delhi Police is probing (death). Suitable action will be taken."

28-year-old Muthu Krishnan allegedly hung himself from a ceiling fan at his friend's residence in South Delhi's Munirka locality on Monday.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 15:57 IST