Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Twelve students went up the Arts College building on Osmania University campus on Friday 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. City Police Commissioner B. Prasada Rao and several politicians 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. However, he eventually won their confidence stating that he would impress upon the CM on the matter. Meanwhile, similar agitation was started by some students on Andhra University campus mounting pressure on the government.