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Way2k 25 Sep 2012
OU students begin fast for T

Osmania University campus was once again on the boil on Monday despite the Telangana Student Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) calling for a peaceful protest. While around 200 students started an indefinite hunger strike as planned in front of the Arts College building, hundreds of others took to the campus roads shouting slogans and pelting stones at the police and paramilitary forces deployed at all the major entrances of the campus. The students have called for a bandh of educational institutes on July 13.

OU students begin fast for T

Trouble started on the campus at 10.30 am when 50 students of Telangana Vidyarthi Aikya Vedika tried to take out a bike rally to Raj Bhavan and were stopped by the police at the NCC Gate on the Vidyanagar side of the campus. The arrival of Telangana advocates to join the hunger strike around the same time added fuel to the protest.
Within an hour of the stand-off near NCC gate, hundreds of students marched to the OU police station located near B-Hostel, demanding the release of advocates and students from other universities who were arrested on Monday morning for trying to enter the campus. The students claimed that the police arrested thousands of their friends who wanted to join the hunger strike. In retaliation to students barging into the police station, the paramilitary forces stationed there fired several rounds of tear gas shells and stun grenades. About 12 students and four police personnel suffered minor injuries. Among those arrested by the police were top ten OUJAC leaders and leader of Telangana Advocates Forum Jyothi Kiran. Student JAC leaders said they would continue their strike till the central government initiates the process of state formation. We are expecting more students to join us. The central and state governments should understand that they will have to witness hundreds of students die on OU campus if they do not initiate the new state formation, said Manne Krishank, OU-JAC spokesperson.

Those who went on hunger strike include students from Telangana University and Kakatiya University.Students said that in the coming days they will conduct cultural festival `Telangana Dhoom Dham on campus which will be attended by political JAC members including the resigned Telangana MLAs. We will also conduct a Vanta Vaarpu (cook and serve) on OU campus roads on Tuesday, said Tirumani Kondal, representative, OU-JAC. Members of Vidyarthi Aikya Vedika decided to tonsure their heads in protest on July 13. Osmania University police said that they would have to arrest and remove students from other campuses who are already on a hunger strike on OU campus. The police said these students managed to get inside the campus about a week ago. Meanwhile, Osmania University has postponed the examinations scheduled to begin on Tuesday. The ABVP activists too have listed out a protest plan which includes blockades on national highways on July 13, Study on the road on July 15, Chalo Speaker on July 18 and protests at district headquarters on July 27.

SHRC seeks CP report on OU arrests:

The Telangana advocates joint action committee (JAC) filed a petition with the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday alleging that the police took custody of students observing a peaceful hunger strike on Osmania University campus illegally. The SHRC directed the commissioner of police, Hyderabad, to file a report responding to the petition by July 14. The Telangana advocates JAC alleged that about 300 students who had been on a peaceful hunger strike had been taken into custody by the police. They condemned the use of force by police to interrupt the hunger strike and called for immediate release of the students. They demanded that the police withdraw battalions deployed on OU campus. The SHRC asked the committee constituted by the Supreme Court to ensure that utmost restraint was observed by the police in the use of force against students who were on a peaceful hunger strike, besides maintaining the peace and tranquility on OU campus. The police were directed to take the advice of the vice-chancellor of OU, while dealing with student-satyagrahis. The T advocates JAC also alleged that the mobile ambulances and medical facilities were not stationed on the OU campus as per SHRCs directions. The SHRC directed the police commissioner to take immediate steps to see that mobile ambulances are arranged and that the injured shifted to government hospitals, without delay.

Courtesy: Times of India

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