The last wish of a student who committed suicide over the delay in formation of a separate Telangana state was fulfilled when his funeral procession was allowed to be taken to Gun Park near the Andhra Pradesh state assembly in Hyderabad.
Amid tight security, the body of Sai Kumar, a second year BTech student of Osmania University, was brought to Gun Park Tuesday night to enable supporters of the Telangana movement to pay their last respects.
Sai Kumar's body was later taken to his native village Kodad in Nalgonda district where the last rites will be performed Wednesday.
The student hanged himself in his hostel room Tuesday to protest the delay in carving out a Telangana state. In his suicide note, he expressed the wish that his body be taken in a procession to the assembly.
The suicide triggered fresh tension in Osmania University, the nerve centre of the ongoing Telangana movement, as students clashed with police at Gandhi Hospital when the latter did not allow them to take the body to assembly. Some students were injured when police used batons.
It was late on Tuesday that the State Human Rights Commission on a petition by the Joint Action Committee of students directed police to allow the funeral procession to Gun Park at 11 p.m. The students then brought the body to Telangana Martyrs' Memorial.
M. Kodandaram, convener of all-party Joint Action Committee, and leaders of pro-Telangana groups offered their respects to Sai Kumar. The students raised slogans against political parties and elected representatives.
This was the third suicide for Telangana on the Osmania University campus. On Feb 20, a student of Class 12 immolated himself at the main entrance of the university to protest the delay in formation of Telangana state. He resorted to the extreme step in full public view during a protest by university students.
In January, a MCA (Master of Computer Applications) student set himself on fire in the university campus. His burnt body was found on Jan 19.
Parties fighting for separate Telangana state claimed that over 300 students and youth have committed suicide in the region since protests began in November last year. However, there is no confirmation of this claim.