JNU research scholar’s last rites: Slipper thrown at Union minister


The father (centre) of JNU research scholar Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham.(Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times)

A slipper was thrown at Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan on Thursday when he arrived for the last rites of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) PhD student Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham in Salem, TamilNadu.

Jeevanantham allegedly committed suicide in the Munirka Vihar area in New Delhi late on Monday evening.

According to the Delhi Police, Jeevanantham was depressed over personal issues, though no suicide note was found near his body. There was no evidence that he killed himself due to any issues at the university.

The PhD student, however, in his Facebook post on March 10 had writing about discrimination against Dalits.

“There is no Equality in MPhil/PhD Admission, there is no equality in viva-voce, there is only denial of equality. When equality is denied everything is denied,” the post said.

On Wednesday, Union commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman asked the Delhi Police to register an FIR under the SC/ST Act and initiate a probe in the suspected death.

She said there should be no delay in the matter and also asked for all statements to be registered.’