Student kills self in Osmania for Telanaga

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 07, 2012 14:17 hrs

Tension gripped Osmania Univeristy Campus on Wednesday after a student allegedly committed suicide over the demand for a separate Telangana state, said police.

A degree student V Santosh committed suicide on Tuesday night by hanging himself to a tree near the Arts College in Osmania University, the police said.

Santosh, who hailed from Adilabad district of the state, reportedly wrote in his suicide note that the government was not ready to form a separate Telangana despite protests.

He was studying in Saraswati Degree College in Tukkuguda, the police said.

Meanwhile, large number of students gathered near the body on Wednesday and raised slogans against the government.

They even prevented the police from taking the student´s body for autopsy.

The police said the situation was tensed but under control.

According to reports, the protesting students demanded that the body would not be shifted till Congress ministers and MPs from Telangana region submitted their resignations.

The police did not give permission to agitators to take out a funeral procession from the university to Gun Park near the state assembly.

Amid tensions, the university postponed all examinations that were scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, reports said.

Osmania University students´ Joint Action committee, meanwhile, called for a shutdown of educational institutions in Telangana region.

Pertinently, Osmania University is the epicenter of the Telangana movement.

The year 2011 saw widespread protests for a separate Telangana state that put pressure on the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre to expedite the bifurcation of the state, carving out the Telangana region with Andhra Pradesh´s current capital Hyderabad as its main city.

The Telangana region, which merged with Andhra Pradesh in 1956 against the wishes of many locals, comprises of 10 districts - Adilabad, Hyderabad, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, and Warangal.

As the movement to divide the state gained momentum, politicians from coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema regions want the state of 85 million people to remain unified, and especially oppose tearing out the IT-hub city Hyderabad that would affect the state's economy.

More from Sify: