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Telangana aflame, again

The Osmania University campus in Hyderabad turned into a battlefield on Wednesday, as pro-Telangana students clashed with the police following self-immolation by two students, reports Ashok Das.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2010 00:26 IST
Ashok Das

The Osmania University campus in Hyderabad turned into a battlefield on Wednesday, as pro-Telangana students clashed with the police following self-immolation by two students.

The police tried to prevent the students from carrying the body of Venugopal Reddy, an MCA student who allegedly immolated himself, to the Martyr’s Memorial near the Assembly house.

The students pelted the security personnel with stones, injuring several policemen and officers and damaging three police vehicles.

City Police commissioner B. Prasad Rao said as many as 30 students and 15 policemen, including Assistant Commissioner of Police K. Ramchander, were injured. Some media persons also received injuries.

The police, subsequently, recovered Venugopal Reddy’s body and sent it to his native place in Nalgonda district.

Tension was building up right from the morning on Wednesday after reports of another suicide by Suvaranamma, a student in Mahboobnagar district, came in.

On December 9, 2009, pushed by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrsekhara Rao’s 11-day hunger strike, Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced in Delhi that the process of forming a separate Telangana state would be initiated and a resolution would be moved in the assembly.

His announcement led to violent opposition from anti-Telangana forces. Finally on December 23, 2009, Chidambaram appealed for calm, promising that all stakeholders would be consulted on creating the state.

But Chandrasekhara Rao pointed out that political consensus could never be achieved, he warned the government against making any statement that might provoke the people of Telangana.

On Wednesday, normal life was affected in Hyderbad as well as other parts of Telangana in response to a shutdown call by the all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC).

JAC sources said three more people had committed suicide in Telangana districts on Wednesday. State government sources, however, said they had no information about the incidents.