Students, police clash at Osmania University
The Hyderabad Liberation Day celebration in Osmania University campus turned violent after scores of students hurled stones at security forces when the police prevented them from taking out a rally from the campus to the AP State Legislative Assembly here on Monday.
They were demanding that the state government officially celebrate the Hyderabad Liberation Day.
Around 10.30 am, over a 100 students including Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists, Telangana Vidyarthi Parishad and OU JAC members, carrying tri-colours, chanted slogan against the state government.
As the rally reached the NCC gate on the campus, police closed the Tarnaka- OU campus stretch and stopped students saying that restrictions were in force and there was no permission for the rally.
Heated arguments ensued between the students and policemen after which the students sat down on a dharna in front of the barricades at the gate.
Police warned the students to disperse and made repeated announcements on loud speakers but students defied them and started pelting stones.
When the situation appeared to be going out of hand, police lobbed tear gas and took at least 50 students into their custody. Later they shifted them to various police stations in the city. Tension prevailed on the campus for over 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, the police cordoned off the OU campus and the main road leading to the campus was closed as a precautionary measure.
Around 12.30 pm, police allowed the public on the OU campus.
When student JAC leaders warned that they would take out a protest on Monday evening on the campus, additional forces were deployed.
Earlier in the day, some OU students rushed to the Nizam College premises and when they tried to take out a protest rally towards Assembly, police detained them and shifted them to several police stations. Some of them were produced in the court.
The national executive member of ABVP, Ramakrishna said that police deliberately arrested some students and shifted them to various police stations.