Hyderabad: Apparently upset over delay in the
formation of a separate Telangana state, an 18-year-old girl
student allegedly committed suicide by immolating herself at
Koheda village near here today, the second such death in two
days, police said.
D Bhavani, a first-year intermediate student, shut
herself in a room at her house, doused herself with kerosene
and set herself on fire at around 9.30 am, Hayathnagar
Inspector of Police B Bhasker said, adding the girl died
on the spot.
The girl was alone at the house as her parents and family
members had gone to a nearby market to make purchases for
Dusshera festivities, he said.
Bhavani had purportedly written (in Telugu) on the room
wall that she was taking the extreme step as "there was a
failure in declaring a separate Telangana state and no one
was responsible for her death", police said adding that a case
has been registered.
The incident triggered protests with suspended Telugu
Desam Party MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy, who visited the girl`s
family, and villagers holding road blockade on the
Koheda-Vijayawada state highway.
Some pro-Telangana activists also allegedly pelted stones
on private buses.
A pro-Telangana student Ravinder, who set himself on fire
in Medak district reportedly for the cause of Telangana, had
succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here yesterday.
Pro-Telangana organisations and groups claim that over
600 people, mostly students, have ended their lives in support
of the demand for separate statehood since November 2009.