Several activists of different student organisations were lathi-charged by the police on Thursday when they tried to demonstrate at Ministers' Residential Quarters at Banjara Hills demanding re-imbursement of fees paid by private college students.

Condemning the lathi-charge, the organisations called for protest demonstrations in all district centres of the State on Friday. Students Federation of India, All-India Students Federation, Telugu Nadu Student Federation, Democratic Youth Federation of India, All India Youth Federation and Telugu Yuvatha would take part in the demonstrations.

Members of these organisations assembled at the arch on Road no. 12 of Banjara Hills and were proceeding towards the Quarters when the West Zone police intercepted them. The police had already blocked the road leading to the Quarters with barbed wire.

The students tried to surge ahead pushing the police who resorted to lathi-charge. While some students sustained injuries in the lathi-charges, others managed to escape the barricades and squatted in front of the Ministers' Quarters urging the government to take immediate action on fee reimbursement.Twenty-one protesters were taken into preventive custody and later let off.

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