HYDERABAD: After three days of a curfew-like situation, Wednesday saw normalcy return to Osmania University campus. While a police battalion is still stationed on the campus, it is restricted to the area near the Administrative Building. Students also took out a rally from the Arts College to the NCC Gate on the occasion of the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. Meanwhile, the 22 students arrested on Monday were released on bail.
Students said that though there were no protests on Wednesday, the agitation has not died out, “Now that our leaders have been released, we will chalk out a strategy. Our immediate demand is that the police not be deployed on the campus at all for which we have already approached the registrar,” said M Krishank, a Congress leader said.
The lathi charge and arrest of the students protesting the suicide of MSc student E Murali evoked criticism from the student community. Another student, RL Murthy, Students Federation of India, OU-unit secretary, said that issue of unemployment that led to Murali’s suicide is not going to die out. “There will be more agitations. The pain and suffering that our friends underwent at the hands of the police and that their families suffered will not go in vain,” he said.
Examinations that had been postponed for two days following protests on the campus and state-wide bandh call given by ABVP will commence from Thursday.