Lucknow: Finally breaking silence over the suicide of Dalit scholar from University of Hyderabad, Rohith Vemula, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he was deeply saddened by the tragedy and could feel the family’s pain.
Often a time in his speech at the 6th convocation of the Bhimrao Ambedkar university in Lucknow, he choked and paused while referring to the scholar's death on last Sunday, triggering protests across the country.
"I am not going into the reasons, politics of the issue, but I empathise with the family who has lost so much," said an emotional Modi with tears swelling up in his eyes.
Cautioning youths not to take such a step, PM Modi said that this saddening news comes at a time when the entire nation looks up to the youth for inspiration and strength, a news like this brings sadness.
Earlier at the event, two students raised slogans against the prime minister as union Home Minister Rajnath Singh concluded his speech and Modi rose to address the gathering.
As they shouted that the killers of Rohith Vemula were still alive and raised slogans like "go back Modi", police officials whisked them away and the prime minister began his speech.