Hyderabad: Police lobbed teargas shells to disperse warring students on the Osmania University campus when it once again turned into a war zone on Tuesday.
Even as the police made unprecedented security arrangements in and around the campus in view of the proposed rally for Wednesday and Thursday by the students, an uneasy calm prevailed with groups of students assembling before the Arts College and hostels.
Trouble broke out soon after the TDP rebel legislators, Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy and Mr Harishwar Reddy went to the campus to enquire about the health condition of the fasting students. As tension began to mount with students shouting pro-Telangana slogans getting restless, the police took the two legislators into custody.
Enraged over the unwarranted police action in even trying to close down the gates to the campus, the students picked up an argument with them. Amidst hecklings and jostling between the police and the students, some stones also rained on them. In a bid to prevent escalation of violence, the police tried to chase away the students who intensified their stoning. The police lobbed teargas shells to disperse the students.
Later senior police officials held discussions with the students and tried to restore normalcy by appealing them to remain calm. The situation returned to normal after some tense moments.
The Osmania University and Acharya Ranga Agriculture Universities have also postponed the scheduled examinations for today and tomorrow.