Fresh clash in Osmania; Telangana panel to step up stir
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 00:14
  
Hyderabad: A fresh clash broke out on Monday between students and security men in Osmania University here, leaving a dozen security personnel and a few mediapersons injured, as the all-party committee spearheading the Telangana statehood agitation threatened to intensify the stir.

Students in large number gathered in the university, the nerve-centre of separate Telangana agitation, and hurled stones at the security personnel, including state police and personnel of central para-military force, DCP (East Zone) Mahesh Chandra Ladda said.

The stone pelting resulted in injuries to about 12 security personnel, he said. The policemen observed "utmost restraint" and tried to disperse the protesters by using tear gas shells, he said, adding no student was injured.

About reports that police cane-charged the students and that some mediapersons were also hurt, he replied in the negative. The scribes may have suffered injuries as they were caught in between the security men and students, he said.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) said it would step up its agitation for a separate state though its directive to the MLAs and MLCs to quit to mount pressure on the Centre got a "lukewarm" response.

JAC Convener C Kodandaram told reporters that the committee would gradually intensify its agitation by adopting an "innovative" programme of non-cooperation with the public representatives who do not quit their posts.

Rejecting the terms of reference of the Srikrishna Committee set up by the Centre to examine the Telangana issue as also an united Andhra Pradesh, the JAC had asked the public representatives in Telangana to quit to mount pressure on the Centre for taking immediate steps for formation of a separate state.

Accordingly, 15 MLAs, including two from ruling Congress, have submitted their resignations to the Speaker.

The fresh clash came a day after over 22 people, including five media men and 11 security personnel, were injured when students agitating over creation of a separate Telangana hurled stones at them in the university campus.

Security personnel launched a lathicharge, fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells when students, defying prohibitory orders, pelted stones at them and tried to take out a procession in support of JAC legislators who resigned yesterday.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 00:14


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