Attack on teachers by pro-Telangana students draws flak in AP
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 21:20
Hyderabad: Students and political activists in non-Telangana regions today held protests against the attack on teachers from the regions in Osmania University allegedly by pro-Telangana supporters, an incident flayed by Chief Minister K Rosaiah and other top leaders.

The students and others held demonstrations at various places like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Kadapa in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions in protest against the attack on teachers from non-Telangana regions allegedly by pro-Telangana students in the university campus yesterday. The teachers had come to OU for spot evaluation of examination papers.

While several teachers managed to escape the mob fury, some of them were allegedly beaten up.

Students in Vijayawada performed a 'milk abhishekam' on a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in protest against the attack. A report from Kadapa said Praja Rajyam Party activists held a demonstration and burnt an effigy of the state government for its alleged failure to prevent the attack.

The 'Samaikyandhra' (united Andhra) Joint Action Committee called for a shut-down of educational institutions in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions tomorrow.

"It is not correct. This kind of a thing would not help them in realising statehood for Telangana," Rosaiah told reporters at Srikalahasti in Chittoor district.

Terming the attack as unfortunate, Telugu Desam Chief N Chandrababu Naidu alleged it was failure on part of the state government as it could not prevent such an incident.

Other outfits campaigning for either united Andhra Pradesh or separate Andhra state minus Telangana condemned the attack and sought an apology from TRS and the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC).

Describing the incident as unfortunate, the Telangana JAC Convener M Kodandaram said it should, however, be not used to whip up regional passions.


First Published: Sunday, August 29, 2010, 21:20

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