Hyderabad: The Indian Dalitha Christian Rights State unit president, Mr Perike Varaprasada Rao, has warned that they would lay a siege to the Assembly if the State government failed to register an SC, ST Atrocities case against the Transport Minister, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, for his misleading statement and the chairman of the Vignan Engineering College, Mr Rattaiah, who was responsible for the suicide of girl student G. Varalaxmi recently. He also demanded that the State government pay Rs 10 lakh ex gratia, five acres of land and a government job to a member of the deceased’s family.
Speaking to the media here on Sunday, Mr Varaprasada Rao said that Varalaxmi had committed suicide due to the criminal negligence and pressure exerted by the College management to pay the fees. He also said that though the Constitution envisages that education should be provided to the SC and STs free of cost, the corporate college managements were insisting upon payment of exorbitant fees by them and making higher education a distant dream for the have-nots. He also demanded that the Vignana Engineering College be closed down.
Referring to the remarks of the Transport Minister that Varalaxmi’s death was caused due to stove burst and not suicide, Mr Varaprasada Rao said that the family members of the girl were traumatised on account of such irresponsible comments. Stating that there was no proper response from the State government over the incident even after two months, he demanded that the Home Minister, Ms Sabitha Indra Reddy should immediately resign owning moral responsibility.
He also said that they called on the State SC and ST Commission chairman, Mr Subbaiah, and submitted a memorandum to him. He responded positively.
The former president of Ranga Reddy district Women Congress, Ms Sumathi Mohan, alleged that the State government was meting out gross injustice to the underprivileged sections of the State by sidelining the welfare measures initiated by the former chief minister late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy.
The State BC Welfare Association president, Ms Rama Devi, the secretary of the State Indian Dalitha Christian Rights, Ms Ch Veena, and the parents of Varalaxmi, Mr Jangaiah and Ms Laxmamma, were also present. (NSS)