Hyderabad university
Dalit student's suspension in Hyderabad University not related to his caste, says Smriti Irani. Picture: Students stage a demonstration against the suicide of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit research scholar of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) in Hyderabad on 18 January, 2016.IANS

The University of Hyderabad has revoked the suspension of four students following nationwide uproar over the suicide by Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, who was suspended with them, said reports.

Earlier, a joint action panel comprising of 14 student bodies had called for revocation of suspension of the four students, also demanding Rs 5 crore compensation for Rohith's family.

The group also demanded resignation of Union minister Bandaru Dattaterya and University Vice-Chancellor P Appa Rao, holding them responsible for the suicide.

The move comes hours after 15 Dalit professors at the university resigned from their administrative posts in a bid to show solidarity with the protesting students.

They had slammed Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani for misinterpreting facts after she said the committee that suspended Rohith and others had Dalit faculty in it.

The 26-year-old scholar had ended his life a few days after he, along with four other Dalit students, were suspended by the varsity for allegedly beating up a BJP students' wing activist. The issue has led to massive protests across the state, and allegations of caste discrimination have caught the nation's attention.