Huge contingents of police entered Osmania University, where students had been organizing relay hunger strikes for past one week seeking separate Telangana State, on Monday morning. The did not spread into the campus following orders from the State Human Rights Commission, even as thousands of students from other educational institutions of the city came to university pledging support to the agitation during these days.
The situation was tense as armed policemen with riot gear, including contingents of Rapid Action Force, were deployed in the campus. Student leaders alleged that rushing the forces into the University grounds was part of the Governments plot to suppress the peaceful agitation undemocratically.
Police teams were sent to each and every hostel on the campus and started insisting that the students show their identity cards when they enter or leave. Since some of the boarders don’t carry cards on their person, sudden checks by police were seen as in inconvenience by many, Rudra Reddy, a student of New Research Scholars Hostel, said.
Meanwhile, miscreants set on fire two buses of St. Andrews school behind VST factory coming under Chikkadpally police station area around 8.15 a.m. on the second day of the two-day bandh call given by the TRS supporting its fasting president, K. Chandrashekhar Rao. No other violent incident was reported from any part of the city.