Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Students of Osmania University intensified their agitation for separate Telangana State on Friday by undertaking fast-unto-death instead of the relay hunger strikes they had started on Thursday.

Twenty students, who began relay hunger strike at Arts College on Thursday, continued fasting for the second consecutive day. Of them, 12 students belong to NSUI and the remaining to ABVP.

This is the first time that OU students launched fast-unto-death since they started pro-Telangana agitation on November 30 following TRS president K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s indefinite fast.

The government doctor, who checked them, said two students, Manavata Rai and M. Satyam, showed signs of problems pertaining to blood pressure by Friday night.

Students and people from different sections continued to assemble at Arts College pledging support.

The campus remained calm on Friday. The students’ Joint Action Committee decided to wait till Monday evening on the future course of agitation. They denied involvement in the attack on TDLP deputy leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy.

Security stepped up

Police stepped up security on the campus in the wake of the attack. Balladeer Gaddar was stopped near the English and Foreign Languages University and refused entry resulting in heated arguments with the police.

However, former Minister and Congress leader T. Jeevan Reddy was allowed into the Arts College.

Meanwhile, police arrested two students, Kishore and Amarender Reddy, in addition to the three, Ravi, Rama Rao Goud and Rammohan, already taken into custody the previous day in connection with Telangana agitation related cases registered earlier.