injured after violence broke out at Osmania University
Violence broke out at the Osmania University campus
in Hyderabad when police stopped students from staging a march with
the body of a youth who committed
In a new twist to the movement for a separate Telangana state,
students from the region Saturday manhandled teachers from Andhra
and Rayalaseema on the Osmania University campus here.
Protesting the spot evaluation of their B.Ed examination papers by
teachers from other regions, the pro-Telangana students chased them
away. A couple of teachers were also beaten up by the protesters.
The incident sparked tension on the campus, which has been
witnessing violent protests and student suicides for a separate
Telangana state since November last year.
Trouble broke out Saturday when leaders of Osmania University
Students Joint Action Committee (JAC) took exception to evaluation
of their papers by academicians from other regions and asked them to
leave the campus. Alleging injustice to students from Telangana,
they demanded that only teachers from Telangana should evaluate
When some teachers ignored their warning and continued their work,
the students forcibly stopped them and drove them out. Few students
were seen chasing and thrashing two lecturers while others including
women left the campus in panic. A couple of policemen tried to save
In the past, the Telangana students had also staged protests against
the evaluation of intermediate (11th and 12th standard) papers by
lecturers from outside Telangana.
However, this was the first time that academicians from other
regions of the state have come under attack.
The incident could heighten tension between Telangana and Andhra
regions. Teachers from the universities in Andhra and Rayalaseema
condemned the attack on their colleagues in Osmania University.
JAC leaders denied that they beat up teachers but demanded that all
evaluators from Andhra should leave the campus by Aug 30.
University officials said action would be taken against those
involved in the incidents.
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, who is also the chancellor of the
university, sought details of the incident from the university