Classes have been suspended in Osmania University, following clashes between students and police on Monday over the suicide of a first year student, Eramaina Murali, on Sunday.
The bandh followed a call given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC). The university also postponed exams that were scheduled on December 5 and 6.
Despite a crackdown by the police, who took several protesters into custody on Sunday, students gathered in large numbers on Monday morning at around 10 am and shouted slogans against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the police.
Students demanded the release of their fellow students who were detained on Sunday, after they prevented the police from taking away Murali’s body. The police arrested 22 students on Monday, charging them with violence on campus.
The protesting students even burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister and proceeded with a rally, before things escalated and they allegedly pelted stones at the police.
ACP J Narsiah told Deccan Chronicle, “We gave them permission to give condolences to the 21-year-old student and not to make a fuss. However, they started marching forward and started pelting stones at us."
The protesting students were taken away in two vans.
Osmania University Inspector Ashok Reddy told DC, "We arrested 22 students under several sections of the IPC, including damaging government property."
Reports add that Telangana Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao assured that the state government would provide a relief of Rs 5 lakh to Murali’s mother.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Dulapur village in Telangana’s Jagdevpur mandal, which was the home town of Murali, where his last rites were performed.
Foreseeing trouble, police beefed up security and cordoned off the roads leading to the village, preventing politicians and protesters from causing any trouble, reported The Hindu.
A few congress leaders tried to visit the village. However, they were detained and shifted to Jagdevpur police station.
While the body arrived at the village at around 4:30am amidst high security, the last rites were performed at 2pm.
Murali committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself in his hostel bathroom, allegedly due to academic pressure. In his suicide letter, retrieved from his pant pocket, he wrote that he couldn’t take the academic pressure and feared failing in his exams.