Hundreds of students of the Osmania University have taken out a rally to the state Assembly threatening to disrupt the budget session. They are demanding the resignation of all elected representatives from Telangana. A short while ago, a pro-Telangana school student attempted self-immolation but police put out the flames and took him to hospital. Pro-Telangana student sets himself on fire.
Sirpuram Yadaiah, a 10th class student, set himself afire and ran towards Arts College raising slogans in support of Telangana, sending the police and fellow agitators in a tizzy. As he began running as a ball of fire, the policemen, acted swiftly and doused the blaze by pouring water. Yadaiah, a resident of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district, had come to the city to participate in the rally. He has been rushed to the Gandhi hospital. Soon after a professor appealed to students not to try such things again.
Over 300 students, who violated prohibitory orders and tried to march towards the State
Assembly to disrupt the ongoing budget session in support of separate Telangana, were taken into preventive custody. Over 300 Telangana students detained for taking out rally)
As part of the call given by the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee and Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee to lay siege to the Assembly demanding resignation
of elected representatives of the region, hundreds of students began a rally from Osmania University campus, but were stopped by police on Shivam Road near Vidyanagar.
Tension prevailed in the area when the precisionists sat on the road raising slogans against the police and indulged in heated arguments with the cops. Over 50 protesting students were taken into preventive custody for undertaking the rally. The situation is normal now. The agitating students have returned to the Osmania University, East Zone DCP M C Laddha told PTI.
Some pro-Telangana activists threw stones on the car of Osmania University (OU) Vice-Chancellor T Tirupati Rao. However, he was not in the vehicle, the senior police official said, adding windowpanes of the car were damaged. In another incident, 150 students were taken into custody after they forced their way by breaking the barricades at the Nizam College hostel near the Assembly.
A group of students were taken into custody when they tried to barge into the Ranga Reddy District Collectorate’s office at Lakadi-ka-Pul area, Saifabad Police said.
Similarly, over 100 students were prevented and taken into custody after they tried to march towards the state capital from Ramanthapur on the outskirts of the city. The anger has intensified over the alleged inaction of the Centre. Many protesters believe the panel appointed by the Centre is just another way of delaying a decision. A heavy security blanket was thrown across the city on Saturday as students began their march to lay siege to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly in support of separate Telangana state.
Over 20,000 police personnel, including para-military and Rapid Action Force (RAF), besides 9,000 city police personnel, were deployed on various roads leading to the Assembly to thwart any attempt of the students to lay siege. In the about nine-km long route between Osmania University and the Assembly, a total of 100 check-posts were set up under nine police station limits to keep a watch on the movement of Telangana students rally