Family of JNU scholar found dead demands CBI probe

Muthukrishnan allegedly committed suicide on March 13 by hanging from the fan.

Two days after JNU student Muthukrishnan allegedly committed suicide, his family has demanded a CBI probe.

The last words the 30-year-old student of JNU Muthukrishnan told his mother was, "I will be coming home next week after the exams." As his exams still continue, Alamellu and her three daughters are waiting for the mortal remains of Muthukrishnan to be brought home. The family that lives in a very small house in Salem, Tamil Nadu, have hundreds of visitors visiting them in the last two days.

"At around 6pm on March 13 we got information that Muthukrishnan has committed suicide. But I had spoken to him only in the afternoon and he was fine," cried his mother Alamelu. She added, "My boy will never commit suicide. There was nothing that could depress him so much."

A youth from the economically backward section of the society, Muthukrishnan worked his way through to reach the place that he was in. His Facebook profile and the support pouring proves his friendly nature. "He was always happy. Look at this picture of his, look how he is smiling. He was brave and was strong in his opinion. He will not commit suicide," said a broken Kalaivani, Muthukrishnan's elder sister sister.

Right from the time of the news of Muthukrishnan's death it is seen that all the political parties in the state have started showcasing their solidarity with the family. DMK acting president MK Stalin had condemned the deaths of Dalit students in central universities and demanded probe. The Edapadi Palanisamy government in Tamil Nadu while announcing their support for the family said that it will take care of all the expenses to bring Muthukrishnan's mortal remains from Delhi to Salem and has also announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh.

"We are not looking for money, we want justice. My son is not the type who can commit suicide. When he spoke to me the last time he was happy, he enquired about the lunch I have cooked and about his sisters. Few hours later I hear that he is dead. I think there is some mystery in this," said Alamelu.

While Muthukrishnan's family does not have one to point fingers at. Piyush Manush of the Salem Citizens forum who was there at Muthukrishnan's residence said, "Muthukrishnan's Facebook posts have revealed a lot about the discrimination that was faced by students from the backward communities in these central university. He was a very strong voice in the Rohit Vemula case and this has put him in a tough spot and they were being targeted. Whether it was a suicide or murder only investigation can prove but we want to say that discrimination is there in a strong way."

The fact that Muthukrishnan was an active member in the Rohit Vemula protests and also that his Facebook posts have been highly critical about the treatment meted out to the students from the backward communities and this has now led to the suspicion around Muthukrishnan's death.

"We want a CBI investigation into his death. Awe know he won't commit suicide," cried Kalaivani amidst all the condolences.

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