Police said the students had not received permission for the rally. Raising slogans of "Jai Telangana," students tried to remove barricades and pelted stones on police, who retaliated with teargas shells and a baton charge. Several protestors were arrested.
Osmania University Students' Joint Action Committee had earlier sought permission for the peace rally, which the police refused. The committee of students then called for a Telangana shutdown to protest the anti-Telangana attitude of the government in allowing the Seemandhra meeting while denying permission to Telangana groups.