Telangana Congress President N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Tuesday visited the Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad where several of his party cadres, along with students from the Osmania University, had been remanded.
The students were remanded as they were protesting against the suicide of a post-graduate student, and alleged police brutality that followed on campus.
After meeting those who were remanded, Uttam Kumar reiterated his demand for a judicial probe into Murali's suicide.
21-year-old E Murali, a first-year student of MSc Physics at Osmania University ended his life in bathroom on Sunday. The incident, the first after formation of Telangana state, triggered protest by students.
According to police, a suicide note was found in the pocket of Murali in which he stated that he was taking the extreme step due to depression and the fear of failing in exams. However, student groups alleged that the letter was forged and claimed that he was depressed due to government not releasing the job notification.
Tension had prevailed on the campus as students refused to hand over the body to police, demanding the government to first announces a job and Rs 5 lakh compensation for Murali's family. Police broke open the doors of a hostel room in the early hours of Monday to forcibly shift the body for autopsy and later to his native place.
However, the campus remained tense through the day as students staged protest and boycotted the classes.
“Murali’s suicide reflects the level of disappointment prevailing among students and jobless youth. Over 30 students had been put in jail at a time when the OU exams are going on," Uttam Kumar was quoted as saying.
He also questioned the 'illegal custody' and 'false cases' being levied on the students, and said that he would approach the Hyderabad High Court and even the Supreme Court on the matter.
He condemned the behaviour of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandasekhar Rao.