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Another student kills self over Telangana

The ongoing Telangana statehood struggle, with its epicentre at the Osmania University campus, claimed another life when an engineering student hanged himself in his hostel room on Tuesday demanding formation of a separate state, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2010 01:45 IST
Ashok Das

The ongoing Telangana statehood struggle, with its epicentre at the Osmania University campus, claimed another life when an engineering student hanged himself in his hostel room on Tuesday demanding formation of a separate state.

M. Saikumar Meegada, a second year student of B. Tech (Chemical Engineering), who was staying in hostled on the campus, was found hanging in his room by his roommate in the morning, the city police said.

Meegada left a suicide note saying that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of the 40 million people of Telangana. He wrote that the youth should take lead for the Telangana cause rather than leave it in the hands of self-seeking politicians.

He was the third student of the university to commit suicide to demand statehood for Telangana over the past three months. Two others had immolated themselves on the campus on January 19 and February 20. On Tuesday morning when his roommate Amarendar returned to the hostel, he found the room locked from inside. When he broke open the door, he found Saikumar hanging.

Meegada was still breathing when hostellers rushed him to Gandhi Hospital but he died there soon after.

The city police rushed additional reinforcements to the university campus and Gandhi Hospital where hundreds of students had gathered. The agitating students wanted to take the body to the campus.

Saikumar, who hailed from a village in Nalgonda district, was a farmer’s son. He used to give tuitions at students’ homes to pursue his education.

He had told his roommate that he would go home for Ugadi (Telugu New Year) festivities next week.