Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh

Telangana Rashtra Samiti supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao once again tried to mount pressure on the UPA government to grant statehood to Telangana. His modus operandi this time was to sit on a fast-unto-death from Sunday.
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
Students at Osmania University were lathi-charged on the second day of a bandh called by those who want a separate state of Telangana. Security had been increased at Osmania University as a precaution during the bandh. (Photo Courtesy: Sakshi TV)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
Students asked the police at the university to leave their campus today. That request erupted into violence. Osmania University has been closed till the 18th of December after students set several trucks on fire last Monday.

Those scenes brought back memories of the late 60s and early 70s when Osmania University was the epicentre of a violent agitation for a separate Telangana state. (Photo Courtesy: Sakshi TV)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
The second day of the Telangana bandh also saw 90,000 coal mine workers at Singerani Colleries in Karimnagar District boycotting work. All trains to Delhi were also stopped between Kazipet and Balharshah stations by thousands of people sitting on the tracks. (Photo Courtesy: Sakshi TV)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
In a space of two hours, two separate attacks, allegedly by supporters of the Telangana movement, have taken place in Khammam in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

First, the house of former union minister Renuka Chowdhury was vandalised. Chowdhury was not at home when a group of men broke into the house.

Soon after that incident, the office of Jalagam Venkat Rao, former Congress MLA and son of former chief minister J.Vengal Rao, was attacked in Khammam. (NDTV Photo)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
A cloth dipped in petrol was thrown inside and put on fire, which caused some damage.

Glasspanes were broken at her office that adjoins the residence, and a handwritten letter was left behind with “TRS” written on it. TRS stands for the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.

Led by K Chandrashekhara Rao, this party has been demanding a separate state for Telangana. (NDTV Photo)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
“I pity the people who’re trying to get political mileage,” said Chowdhury to NDTV when informed of the attack at her home. (NDTV Photo)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
These strikes are seen as retaliation by the TRS for what it sees as lack of support by other politicians for the proposed Telangana state.

It is also an attempt to grab national headlines and draw the attention of the Congress government to the demand for a separate Telangana.

The authorities are also worried that things could get out of hand if Rao's condition deteriorates. The district collector met Rao in hospital on Wednesday morning requesting him not to fast. (NDTV Photo)
Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
When he began his hunger fast on Sunday, K Chandrasekhar Rao said he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Gandhi and use non-violent protest to win statehood for Telangana. But that aspiration has been completely defeated. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
After being arrested on Sunday, Rao was kept at Khammam Jail, where he refused to either end his fast or apply for bail. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
On Monday evening, he was rushed to a local government hospital. Now, Chandrasekhar Rao has ended his fast at Khammam hospital on medical advice. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
Outside, Hyderabad erupted in violence, the result of a bandh called by Rao's party, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), and supported heavily by sympathetic student groups. (AP image)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
Near Osmania University in Hyderabad, vehicles were set on fire and passers-by were attacked by students and TRS activists. Monday's incidents of arson brought back memories of the late 60s and the early 70s, when Osmania University was the epicentre of a violent agitation for a separate Telangana state. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
The outburst, students say, is in retaliation against the police lathicharge on Sunday. (AP image)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
When Rao was arrested, students began violent demonstrations at different locations included Kakatiya University in Warangal. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
Following the riot, the police caught hold of some protesting students and took them under custody. (NDTV Photo)

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Violence at Osmania University during Telangana bandh
The State Human Rights Commission summoned the Director General of Police to explain the action against the students, but many say it's apparent that the students wanted to provoke the police. "Few anti-social elements have also come into the picture to instigate and disturb the law and order situation," says the tense Education Minister for Andhra Pradesh, Sridhar Babu. (NDTV Photo)

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