Hyderabad: The police lobbed tear gas shells on a section of Osmania University students and have taken about 150 students into preventive custody on Monday for violating Section 144, in place in the city.
The violence was triggered off after students tried to take out a motorcycle rally to the Raj Bhavan but were stopped by the police at the University’s gates. The students pelted stones on the security personnel who in turn retaliated by lobbing teargas shells.
Elsewhere, the day witnessed a cat-and-mouse game as students tried to launch an indefinite hunger fast at the Arts College to press for the deletion of the controversial Clause 14 F from the Presidential Order of 1975 and an assurance on the introduction of a Telangana Bill in Parliament.
However, the police arrested some of the students, while the rest ran away. Soon afterwards, the students made a renewed bid, only to see a repeat of the action by the police.
The police presence around the University, a hotbed of pro-Telangana activity, was seen in earnest right from Sunday evening when the forces began to take students under preventive arrests in a bid to foil the indefinite fast.
Students were also arrested in Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda and other cities so that they could not proceed to Hyderabad and participate in the indefinite hunger fasts.
Meanwhile the Director General of Police V Dinesh Reddy told media persons in Tirupati that his men are ready to meet any kind of eventuality which may arise in Hyderabad.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner AK Khan had already made it clear that no permission has been given for the hunger fast of students in the campus. The city police chief has also banned the entry of outsiders into the campus, citing a Supreme Court order. (INN)