21-year-old student kills self at Osmania University, protest erupts

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Violence escalated at Maneru Hostel on the Osmania University campus as scores of armed policemen broke open the door and barged into hostel rooms early on Monday, dragging out students who had refused to let them take away the dead body of E. Murali, the postgraduate student who committed suicide on Sunday.

On Monday, the agitated students blocked the way of VC Ramachander Rao, preventing him from visiting the hostel. A suicide note purportedly found on the spot stated that he was ending his life as he feared he would fail in exams, police said.

More students have since joined the protests, piling up pressure on the state government and leading to the police to beef up security measurements in and around the Osmania University campus.

After the suicide of a post graduate student, atmosphere in the campus of Osmania University turned turbulent.

The note read that he had never failed in any examination. Among them, reportedly, cases were filed against 22 students on various charges including damaging public property while others were released on the same night. In the gathering of thousands of youth and students, condolences to Murali were paid.

It may be known that this suicide happened less than 24 hours before the Opposition's grand alliance at Saroornagar to mobilize people against the government's alleged failure to provide jobs. The irate students burnt the Telangana government in effigy. "The K Chandrasekhara Rao government should be held responsible for his death", OU students joint action committee leader and president of the Unemployed Youth Association, K Manavatha Rai said. "Murali's suicide is the first incident after the state was formed". Demanding compensation for the bereaved family, the students squatted on road and opposed the heavy deployment of police forces inside the campus.