Students launch fast on AU campus
The bandh call given by educational institutions evoked good response from Andhra University campus and affiliated colleges, but majority of corporate colleges and schools functioned normally here on Saturday.
Twenty-eight Seemandhra Joint Action Committee members were rounded up by the police at two places and released later in the night.
The students, however, launched an indefinite fast at the Gandhi Statue on the university campus and were continuing it. JAC convener A. Kishore and 27 others arrested for trying to stall the Andhra University LLB Fifth Semester Examination and trying to barge into the house of Visakha (North) MLA Tynala Vijaya Kumar, were released at 7 p.m.
The students tried to submit a memorandum to all Congress MLAs in the city and continue the programme on Sunday also to bring pressure on all of them in Rayalaseema and Andhra regions to get the recruitment test conducted on schedule.
TDP State Legal Cell members Narra Venkata Ramana, Karri Adibabu, and C. Umadevi joined the students at the Gandhi Statue in their agitation.
Twelve students including three, who resorted to damage of shutter of a business establishment, were rounded up at Siripuram Junction and lodged them in Two Town police station on Saturday.
Students burnt effigy of TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for not openly supporting their agitation though he was touring the district for the past three days.
At Siripuram Junction the students forced some business establishments to down their shutters, but normalcy was restored within an hour.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Beela Satyanarayana told The Hindu that all first semester examinations of the university were completed and even the law and engineering examinations held on Saturday went on smoothly.
Police personnel were deployed in large numbers in the city, but no untoward incident was reported. The university employees' association also extended its support to the agitating students.