Hyderabad, February 16: Want to know how to counter tear gas shells? Learn it from the Osmania University students who seem to have mastered the act.
Giving a shock to the police, OU students deactivated the tear gas shells within minutes of their firing preventing the smoke-emitting shells from causing any inconvenience.
In fact, the students were seen inviting the police to lob the shells on them, when they clashed with the latter on the OU campus on Monday.
Whenever a policeman fired a tear gas shell, the students cheered, ran after it and deactivated it before the tear gas could actually start acting on them. Tear gas causes tears in eyes making it impossible for the affected person to see anything for some time.
Students poured sand on the shells and pinned them under boulders to render them ineffective. For many of them, the failed shells are a souvenir of their struggle for separate Telangana. “I will keep this (shell) to remember this day in the Telangana movement,’’ a student said showing a shell.
Some students had a different way of repelling the shell attack.
They collected the shells, soon after they were fired, into a cloth and hurled them back at the cops forcing the latter to retreat. Mostly, students at the B Hostel were seen adopting this technique.