Youth attempts self-immolation at OU campus

Tension escalated on the Osmania University campus after a youngster set himself ablaze when the police foiled attempts of the students to take out a rally to the State Assembly on Saturday afternoon.

The student, later identified as S. Yadagiri, (19) has suffered nearly 70 per cent burns. His condition is critical.

Yadagiri, who set himself ablaze close to Café Coffee Day near the NCC gate on the Western side of the Osmania University, rushed towards the policemen present at the gate. Alarmed policemen doused the fire and shifted him to a hospital in an ambulance.

The self-immolation comes in the backdrop of the police foiling the students’ attempts to take out a rally to the assembly.

As the news of self-immolation spread, students gathered again at the NCC gate and hurled stones at the police. DIG Charu Sinha was injured in the stone pelting.

Yadagiri has been shifted to the Gandhi Hospital where his condition is stated to be critical.

He was carrying a bag in which police found his certificates, photographs with several politicians and a suicide note purportedly written by him.

In the handwritten letter, Yadagiri maintained that he was an orphan and had studied in Victoria Memorial Home in Saroornagar till class X. He stated that the Government was unresponsive to the aspirations of the people and that a separate Telangana should be formed immediately.

Stating that he did not see any possibility of getting a job, Yadagiri wrote that he was doing his bit for the cause of a separate Telangana by sacrificing himself.

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