Violence continues in Telangana region

Violence continues in Telangana region

Violence continues in Telangana region

Pro-statehood students fought pitched battles with the police at Manikeshwarnagar near Osmania University campus here. About 1,000 students, raising slogans in support of a separate Telangana state, hurled stones at the police on being prevented from proceeding to the university campus.

The police, deployed in large numbers, used force to disperse the agitators, official sources said. There was no official word on anybody receiving serious injuries in the clash.

TRS MLAs Harish Rao and E Rajender and BJP leader in the state assembly G Kishan Reddy were taken into custody when they arrived at the university campus where more than 500 students launched a relay fast, they said. The pro-Telangana activists set ablaze two private school buses in busy Musheerabad area after ordering the students to disembark.

In Adilabad, TRS activists vandalised the office of Sirpur paper mills at Kagaznagar by smashing window panes and damaging furniture. In Warangal district, agitating students chopped trees and placed them on highways to block vehicular traffic.

TRS workers detained Delhi-bound AP Express for about 15 minutes at Kagaznagar in Adilabad district before they were dispersed by the Railway Protection Force. APSRTC buses to all Telangana districts from Hyderabad remained suspended for the second day .
There was tension on the Osmania University campus following deployment of armed policemen including Rapid Action Force to thwart any attempt by the pro-TRS students to take out a rally to the State Assembly, where the winter session began on Monday. Police faced stiff resistance from students in their efforts to evict them from the hostels.

Amid reports that trouble-makers had merged with the agitating students, police launched a drive to ascertain their bonafide by asking them to show identity cards. Angered by the police action, the students blocked roads in several parts of the city demanding withdrawal of police from the campus.

Lawyers across Telangana region boycotted the lower and High Court proceedings in support of the demand. Meanwhile, doctors attending on TRS Chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is on a fast unto death at Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), said though the leader has become physically weak, his vital parameters were normal and there was no cause for concern.