Hyderabad, Violence again broke out on Osmania University campus Monday, the second time since Sunday evening, with pro-Telangana students taking to the streets.
Protesting the police firing and the baton charge on them Sunday night, the students took out a rally and threw stones at policemen and paramilitary personnel deployed on the campus.
The police hit back with batons once more. Eyewitnesses said some policemen were injured in stone pelting while a few students and media persons sustained injuries when police used force.
The fresh violence broke out a few hours after large-scale violence on the campus Sunday evening. More than 30 students and six media persons were injured when police fired rubber bullets and used batons and teargas shells.
The trouble had started when students tried to take out a procession hailing 15 Telangana legislators who resigned to protest terms of reference of Srikrishna panel looking into the statehood issue.
State government and human rights commission have ordered separate probes into the incidents. Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy told reporters Monday that action would be taken against policemen if they were found guilty of using excessive force.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed at Moazzam Jahi market, a busy commercial area, when students tried to march towards the assembly building to protest the violence at Osmania University. Police used force to disperse the students.
Police also locked the gates of Nizam College in Basheerbagh area to prevent students from marching towards the assembly, where unprecedented security arrangements have been made for the budget session which began Monday with the address of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.
Congress legislators from Telangana try to disrupt governor’s speech
Hyderabad, Shouting “Jai Telangana”, Congress party legislators from the region that Monday tried to disrupt the address of Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to the joint session of state legislature on the first day of the budget session.
The Congress is in power in Andhra Pradesh, but the demand for a separate Telangana state has created a rift among party legislators.
The legislators who supported the demand for a separate Telangana state continued to shout slogans throughout the governor’s 45-minute speech and later walked out of the assembly.
The legislators of main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema region — opposing bifurcation of the state — countered them with slogans of “samakhiya Andhra” or unified Andhra.
The TDP legislators from Telangana stayed away from the session to protest terms of reference of Srikrishna panel looking into the statehood demand. They have rejected the terms of reference for being unfavourable to the demand for separate Telangana.
A couple of hours before the session began, speaker N. Kirankumar Reddy accepted the resignations of 12 out of 15 Telangana legislators who had submitted their resignations Sunday.
Resignations of all 10 legislators of TRS and one each of TDP and BJP have been accepted while no decision has been taken on resignations of two legislators of Congress and one of PRP.
Earlier, TDP legislators staged a sit-in at the main entrance of the assembly building to protest the police firing on Osmania University students Sunday night while Congress legislators staged a protest at Gunpark opposite the assembly building.
They also boycotted the customary breakfast hosted by the speaker.
The all-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) has asked all 119 legislators from the region and other elected representatives to quit by Monday evening.