Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has reportedly said that the Rohith Vemula, the PhD student from the University of Hyderabad, who committed suicide, was not dalit.
"The facts have come out in the case and as per as my complete knowledge, that student (Rohith) was not a dalit. By calling him a dalit student, this whole case has been raised as a communal incident by some people," news agency ANI quoted Swaraj as saying.
Rohith allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the hostel room.
Six research scholars, including Rohith, were suspended by the Hyderabad Central University (HCU) in August 2015 over an alleged attack on an ABVP leader.
The HCU has already revoked suspension of the four students, following uproar over Vemula's suicide.