Students for withdrawal of police forces from Osmania, Kakatiya universities
The Osmania University campus, which was relatively peaceful till evening on Sunday, turned violent with students and policemen clashing at three places. Two persons suffered injuries in the fresh violence that lasted for more than an hour. The injured were shifted to the Gandhi Hospital where their condition is said to stable.
Trouble broke out when more than 400 students took out a procession from Arts College to Tarnaka protesting against lathi-charge on students of Kakatiya University in Warangal district. They demanded that the government withdraw police forces from the Osmania and Kakatiya universities.
Soon after the procession reached ‘B' hostel, police intercepted students and tried to prevent them from proceeding towards Tarnaka. This led to a scuffle between them and students started hurling stones on police. After observing restraint for a few minutes, police lobbed teargas shells and stun grenades to disperse them.
At the same time, a group of students went to ‘A' ground to stage a demonstration on Tarnaka road. On seeing security forces, they again resorted to stone throwing. This time, police responded immediately by lobbing teargas shells and dispersed students. However, two people, who were playing cricket there, sustained injuries.
Fearing further stone throwing, police stopped traffic on the Tarnaka and Habsiguda stretch.
Tension escalated when security forces caned some residents at Manikeswarnagar abutting the Osmania University in the evening. Ten residents, who were coming towards the university main road, were stopped by police suspecting them to be students and were beaten up.
In the afternoon, students gheraoed CPI State secretary K. Narayana and party legislator G. Mallesh when they came to the campus to express their solidarity. They picked up an argument with the legislator for not submitting his resignation. Then Mr. Narayana intervened and tried to pacify students saying that the party was not against the separate Statehood. “We are committed for separate Telangana and we made it clear during the all party meeting convened by the government earlier,” he reminded.
Earlier in the day, students burnt the effigies of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy.
ABVP students later took out a rally from Arts College to NCC Gate criticising the repressive measures being adopted by the government against students.
They demanded that the Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs exert pressure on the government and withdraw paramilitary forces from the university.