Osmania University suspends classes after protests on campus, exams postponed

Eramaina Murali

Eramaina Murali

A first year MSc Physics student studying at Hyderabad's Osmania University allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on Sunday.

"The university examinations which are scheduled on December 5 have been postponed due to bandh call given by student organisations".

Despite a crackdown by the police, who took several protesters into custody on Sunday, students gathered in large numbers on Monday morning at around 10 am and shouted slogans against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the police. The students refused to allow the police to shift the body of the deceased E Murali for postmortem, insisting on Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia.

On Monday, about a hundred protesting students were picked up from the campus premises and taken away by the Telangana Police. Police resorted to baton charge, resulting in four students suffering injuries. OU vice-chancellor S Ramachandram condoled the sudden death of E Murali as he urged students to maintain peace. "However, they started marching forward and started pelting stones at us".

The protesting students claimed that more than 150 students were taken into custody late on Sunday; the police stated that they took 51 students into preventive custody.

Students of Osmania University have been at the forefront in the movement for the formation of separate Telangana state.

Foreseeing trouble, police beefed up security and cordoned off the roads leading to the village, preventing politicians and protesters from causing any trouble, reported The Hindu. TAJC convener Prof. Kodandaram and congress leaders visited campus in the evening. However, they were detained and shifted to Jagdevpur police station.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which is organising meetings against unemployment in the state said youths are committing suicide as the state government is failing to deliver on its promises.

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