Violence erupted at the Osmania University campus here today after pro-Telangana students clashed with the police when they were prevented from taking out a rally to join the ‘Telangana March’.
Scores of slogan-shouting students broke the barricades on the campus and pelted stone at the police who retaliated by firing tear-gas shells while some students were also taken into preventive custody.
Pro-Telangana activists belonging to different students organisations wanted to be allowed to take out a rally to join the ‘Telangana March’,but the government had yesterday denied them permission to carry out any rally from the varsity.
Para-military forces were seen moving into the campus to bring the situation under control even as Telangana activists alleged that the police showed “high-handedness” by taking them into the custody.
“It (joining the Telangana March) is our aspiration,” a Telagana activist said and held the police responsible for the violence.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee has organised ‘Telangana March’ later today to press for its demand for a separate state.
Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy has appealed to the organisers of ‘Telangana March’ to abide by the conditions imposed by the Hyderabad Police with regard to timing and the venue of the march.
The police have allowed the march to be held between 3 PM and 7 PM today at Sanjeevaiah Park on Necklace Road and warned of strict action if the activists ‘take law into their hands’.
“Any iota of violence leading to the destruction of the properties or endangering lives of the individuals will be viewed very seriously and the Police would take stringent penal sections and explore all the options before them to come heavily on the violators and law-breakers,” the DGP warned in a release.