Violence again near Osmania University campus

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Old 19-Nov-2010
Violence again near Osmania University campus

Pro-Telangana students reacted violently to the State government's refusal to postpone the Sub-Inspector recruitment test, damaging RTC buses and commercial buildings near Osmania University campus on Thursday night even as police used teargas shells and force to control them.

More than 10 RTC buses and several shops and commercial establishments on Tarnaka-Habsiguda stretch were damaged as angry students rained stones while the policemen in riot-gear chased and caned them.
The outbreak of violence in the evening caught commuters unawares and hundreds of shoppers and those returning home were stranded as vehicular traffic came to a standstill.

The closure of the Tarnaka flyover and connected routes for traffic also added to confusion.
The police were a bit relaxed in the day as the mass fast unto death by 1,000 students at Arts College as announced by OU Students Joint Action Committee did not begin. Even as the OUSJAC leaders planned their strategy with a handful of students, a group rushed onto the main road near Aradhana theatre and pelted stones at two huge glass-panelled commercial buildings.

Police dispersed them resorting to lathicharge, in which a student sustained bleeding injury. Later, the campus calmed down while some advocates joined the students chalking out further programmes. But the quiet atmosphere was short-lived. Students gathered again in big numbers at Arts College.
As emotional speeches of some leaders continued, some of them rushed to Tarnaka crossroads daring huge contingents of policemen deployed along the route.

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