Osmania University erupts in violence డిసెంబర్ 23, 2009Posted by Telangana Utsav in agitation, Andhra, bandh, compromise, Congress, drama, Identity, Mulki, Osmania, politics, Rayalaseema, Settler, Sonia, students, Telangana, TRS, universities, violence.
Osmania University erupts in violence
TNN 24 December 2009, 03:50am IST
HYDERABAD: Chaos prevailed on Osmania University campus soon after the Centre announced its decision to work out a political consensus on Telangana. The students who were spearheading the agitation since November 29 took to streets at Tarnaka, hurling stones at buses, policemen and petrol pumps.
In a repeat of the agitation they had called on December 9, soon after the Centre’s decision to consult all political parties in the state on the contentious Telangana issue, thousands of students flooded the Osmania University roads and tried to hold a protest march to the main gate of the campus. Police officials and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel who were deployed on the campus much before the Centre’s announcement stopped the students at the gate and forced them to go back to the Arts College.
The students’ attempt to take out a rally to Tarnaka crossroads was also foiled. The restless students shouted slogans and made their way through the strong police cordon and staged a rasta roko at Tarnaka crossroads stalling traffic.
The angry students pelted stones at some petrol pumps near the university but were controlled by the police. In the Tarnaka area the students attacked RTC buses.
Almost all shops around the campus were closed soon after the Centre’s announcement, fearing a violent reaction from the students. The police had to resort to lathi charge to disperse the protesting students at Tarnaka.
Joint action committee members said that the Centre had betrayed them by making a false promise to initiate the process for carving out a separate state. JAC representatives fumed that “there will be serious consequences” to the ‘U turn’ by the Centre.
“When the Centre said that it would start the Telangana process, we thanked it. Now with same vigour we can shout slogans against them. If the Centre is scared of Andhra and Rayalaseema protesters then we will give them a reason to be scared of us,” said E Srinivas, a JAC member and president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti Vidyarthi Vibhag (TRSVV).
The JAC, which held a meeting on campus, also made an announcement that they would disrupt classes in all campuses in Telangana from Thursday. “We will not allow a single examination to be held. No class will be allowed on OU campus,” said Srinivas Yadav, a JAC representative.
The academic and administrative staff of the university once again threw their weight behind the agitating students. “This time there will be a massive agitation in support of the Telangana cause. The Centre and the state government should understand this and go ahead with a peaceful separation instead of putting everything under risk,” said JAC member and Osmania University professor M Kodandaram. He added that the latest decision of the Centre putting on hold Telangana process till a consensus is reached goes against the very spirit of the announcement made two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, OU officials requested students not to disrupt the academic year.