No specific info on Maoists` presence in Osmania campus: VC
Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 21:21
  
Hyderabad: Osmania University (OU) Vice Chancellor T Tirupati Rao today said he does not have any specific information on allegation that Maoists have joined the Telangana movement at the campus here.

"We do not have any such information about the presence of Naxalites in the campus. Though, there are some non-boarders," he told reporters after chairing an emergency meeting of the peace committee constituted by the state government.

The Andhra Pradesh government in its appeal before the Supreme Court recently challenging the High Court's direction to withdraw paramilitary forces from the campus, the nerve-centre of agitation, had submitted that it strongly suspects that Maoists have infiltrated the movement and perhaps are inside the campus.

The Vice-Chancellor said, there were some non-boarders staying in the university hostels and that the students have been told to be cautious. "We have initiated steps to deal with the non-boarders in hostels who are staying along with students," he said.

Rao said, "policemen are confining themselves to the campus police station after the High Court order. We told them that they should intervene only on our request".

Earlier, the meeting which reviewed yesterday's violent incidents on the campus including the self-immolation bid of a youth, who died later, resolved to involve the students in confidence-building measures to restore peace and normalcy.

Rao said his priority was to establish peace in the campus. "We want to involve students as part of the confidence-building measures to create a climate of trust on the campus."

"Our priority is establishing peace besides on saving the students' academic year and on conducting exams. The faculty members would interact with the students and try to attend to their problems to see that peace is maintained," he said.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 21:21


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