Police for directive to bar outsiders into OU

Hyderabad: In the wake of violent protests that rocked Osmania University during the 48-hour bandh by Telangana JAC, police on Thursday sought directives from the state human rights commission to the varsity authorities to ensure that outsiders are not allowed entry into the campus.

"In view of students indulging in violence and threatening suicides, the Commission is requested to issue instructions to the OU authorities not to allow entry to outsiders in the campus," Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said in a report filed on behalf of the state DGP before the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission.

Since a mass hunger strike within the campus is planned for July 11, the police also suggested to the Commission to send one of its representatives to the campus to help in preventing possible violence, Khan said.

The Police Commissioner also refuted allegations of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Advocates over the use of excessive force and firing of rubber bullets at the student protesters, terming it as baseless.

"Police were discharging their duties to maintain peace with utmost patience in accordance of law. The allegation that students in large numbers were injured on July 5 and 6 and para military forces were deployed inside the campus are totally false," Khan said and sought dismissal of the complaint filed by T R V Chary and the JAC of Advocates.

The Police Commissioner instead blamed the pro-Telangana protesters, who were mostly students, for indulging in heavy stone pelting at the police and asserted that the security personnel only lobbed teargas shells to disperse them.

The petitioners had sought a direction from APSHRC for withdrawal of the police from the University campus.