Students threaten to jump off the building; seek age relaxation for SI test
Tension ends after CMO invites student delegation for talks
Case will be registered against students, says DCP
HYDERABAD: Twelve students went up the Arts College building on Osmania University campus on Wednesday threatening to commit suicide if their demand to relax the age limit for candidates appearing for the police SI posts was not met with.
The seven-hour-long high drama ended after the Chief Minister’s office invited the delegation of students for talks on the matter on Saturday. The B.C. students welfare association president, R. Krishnaiah, former MLA D. Nagender, MLC P. Sudhakar Reddy and 30 student leaders from different universities would take part in the discussions.
The issue of increasing the age limit from the existing 25 to 28 years for SI post had been gaining ground on the campus for the past few days. Trouble began when some students went around the campus boycotting classes before assembling at the Arts College.
‘108’ called in
While they staged a sit-in raising slogans, eight students suddenly went up the college building terrace locking the door leading to the staircase. “If the Government does not increase the age limit, we’re ready to sacrifice our lives by jumping down,” they announced. As the news spread, hundreds of students began gathering at the Arts College. Crews of news channels and scribes followed. City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao and several politicians too rushed to the spot. Emergency Ambulance 108 service personnel were called in.
Former MLA and Congress leader D. Nagender’s initial assurance that he would convince the Government to find an amicable solution was not received well by the students. However, he eventually won their confidence stating that he would impress upon the CM on the matter. Tension escalated with the protesting students continuing their threats and other students before the college pledging support to them raising slogans.
In AU too
Meanwhile, similar agitation was started by some students on Andhra University campus by going up the university library building mounting pressure on the Government.
The BC Students Welfare Association leader R. Krishnaiah, former TRS MLA N. Narsimha Reddy and Congress MLC P. Sudhakar Reddy approached the DGP on behalf of the students. But the DGP told them that he cannot take a decision because it was the Government’s policy matter.
The police tried to do their bit to resolve the impasse by entering into a dialogue with the students stating they would facilitate a meeting of the students’ delegation with the Chief Minister.
Suddenly, a group of BC, SC and ST students too started urging the students to come down describing their demand as “unjustified”. “If age relaxation is given, our chances of getting selected in open quota would be decreased,” they argued.
Later, the police took a tougher stand stating they would be forced to go up the terrace to bring the agitators down. Meanwhile, it was announced that the CM office was ready to hold talks on the matter. As the police mounted pressure, the 12 students rushed down the staircase, joined the crowd of students and disappeared.
The East Zone DCP said a case of suicide attempt would be registered against the students ‘suo motu’ if the university authorities failed to lodge a complaint on the incident. Four of the students were identified but none was taken into custody so far.