Rally to State Assembly prevented

After a lull for the past few months, tension returned to Osmania University campus on Monday as some pro-Telangana students showered stones on police when they were prevented from taking out a rally to the State Assembly on Monday.

Police lobbed tear gas shells to disperse the agitators, after observing restraint for some time. While the OU police station Inspector P. Ashok sustained minor injury on his hand, the Vajra vehicle’s windscreen was damaged in the stone pelting. The campus was calm till 11 a.m. but students began gathering at the Arts College under the aegis of a newly formed Telangana Vidyarthi Parishad led by a student, Sri Hari.

Raising slogans against the Centre and urging the MLAs from Telangana region to abstain from the ongoing Assembly session, they undertook a rally towards Assembly. The massive contingents of police forces deployed at AMS arch stopped them leading to an altercation. Refusing to listen to appeals from police to go back, they began hurling stones and the police retaliated by lobbing tear gas shells. The confrontation continued for over two hours.

Advocates try to storm MP’s residence

In another development, members of Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee tried to barge into the house of Congress Lok Sabha member, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, at Banjara Hills.

A group of AJAC arrived at the MP’s house in the night and tried to force their way in by pushing open the gate. They pushed aside two policemen on duty while one of them broke a flower pot. The agitators were, however, prevented from entering the house. A criminal case under Sections 147 (rioting), 427 (causing damage to property), 447 (criminal trespass), 353 (deterring public servant from discharging duty) and 504 (insulting to breach peace) of IPC was registered.