NEW DELHI: The Dalit JNU scholar who allegedly commit¬ted suicide had previously been a student of the Hyderabad University and was at the forefront of the movement against the varsity’s ad¬ministration following the suicide of Rohith Vemula.
Twenty-eight-year-old Muthu Krishnan, who was from Tamil Nadu’s Salem district, completed his MPhil from the University of Hyderabad (UoH) in 2015 before joining JNU for his PhD. The de¬ceased student, a resident of JNU’s Jhelum hostel, was found hanging from the ceiling fan of a friend’s residence in South Delhi’s Munir¬ka area on Monday.
The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) is alleging that Krishnan was targeted for his association with the movement seeking justice for Ro¬hith Vemula and depression made him take the extreme step.
While Krishnan has not left any suicide note, a recent Facebook post by him criticising “discriminatory” admission policies in JNU is being widely circulated on social media.
“There is no Equality in M.phil/phd Admission, there is no equality in Viva – voce, there is only denial of equality, denying Prof Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, deny¬ing students protest places in Ad – block, denying the education of the Marginal’s.
“When Equality is denied every¬thing is denied,” he wrote in the Facebook post on March 10. Police, on the other hand, is maintaining that no prima facie evidence has been found indicating JNU admin¬istration’s role into the issue.
“Till now no evidence has been found that the extreme step was taken by the student owing to any is¬sues at the university,” said a senior police officer, adding, “he is said to have been depressed for sometime over some personal issues”.
“A PCR call was received at 5.05 PM yesterday that a person had locked himself in a room at a house in Munirka Vihar. On reaching the spot, police forced open the door as a portion of the latch was uprooted from inside,” he said.