Body found hanging from a tree; note states he was ending his life for Telangana

A youngster committed suicide in front of Arts College on Osmania University campus on Wednesday. His body was found hanging from a tree near the college by morning walkers who alerted the police.

Police found a suicide note purportedly written by him which stated that he was ending his life for the sake of separate Telangana State.

He was identified as Darshanala Santosh hailing from Adilabad.

The death shattered the otherwise peaceful atmosphere on the campus as angry students clashed with the police after their attempts to take the body in a procession to the Telangana martyrs’ memorial at Gun Park in Secunderabad, were foiled.

Buses damaged

Several buses and some police vehicles were damaged in the stone pelting by students which forced the police to lob teargas shells.

A student sustained a wound after a gas canister hit him on the knee.

Santosh, said to be a postgraduate in science, was youngest of the two sons of a cobbler named Shivanna.

The suicide note found on his body stated that “his death would add fuel to the separate Telangana agitation”.

Hundreds of students who gathered at the spot prevented the police from shifting the body to the morgue. Bowing to their pressure, the police got an autopsy done on the spot.

Though the emotionally charged students remained calm throughout the day, they became angry when the police scuttled their plans to take the body to the martyrs’ memorial. Police lathicharged and lobbed teargas shells to disperse the students as the rally crossed the College of Education.

Telangana JAC chairman A. Kodandaram, who took part in the procession along with MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, condemned the lathicharge. The body was sent to Adilabad later.