Students hurled stones on the car of the Osmania University Vice-Chancellor Prof. T. Tirupathi Rao, damaging the windscreen, even as they raced towards the NCC gate on Western side.

A large group of students were jostling with policemen at the gate disregarding the repeated announcements of policemen to disperse peacefully.

Similar attempts to break through the police cordons and march to the Assembly were foiled at City College in old city, Nizam College near Basheerbagh.

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Intensifying their agitation for a separate Telangana state, hundreds of students defied a police warning and took out a march to the state Assembly even as some activists pelted stones at the car of Osmania University Vice Chancellor here today.

Ahead of the budget presentation in the Assembly, students took out a rally from the OU campus to lay siege to the Assembly demanding resignations of all elected representatives of the region to press for a separate Telangana state.

The call was given by the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee and Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee.

However, the police, which declared the rally as “illegal”, prevented the students on Shivam Road near Vidyanagar after which they indulged in heated arguments with the police personnel.

In another incident, pro-Telangana activists pelted stones at OU Vice—Chancellor T Tirupati Rao’s car in the campus damaging its window panes. Rao was not in the vehicle.

The OU campus has been the nerve centre of the agitation for a separate Telangana state and has witnessed a series of violent incidents with students and police clashing against each other.

Over 20,000 police forces including several battalions of Rapid Action Force and Andhra Pradesh Special Police are keeping a close vigil on the roads leading to the Assembly in view of the students’ rally.

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