Osmania University Students Protest After Student Hangs Himself in Hostel

Osmania University Students Protest After Student Hangs Himself in Hostel

Murali, MSc (Physics) first-year student, allegedly strangulated himself with a shoelace in the washroom of his hostel room on Sunday.

Angry supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad shut down educational institutes in Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana on Tuesday to protest against E Murali's suicide at the Osmania University on December 3. They pointed out the difference between Murali's handwriting and the writing in the reported suicide note.

After learning about Murali's death, a large number of students gathered near the hostel. The exams are around the corner and I am scared that I will fail. "We demand an investigation into the circumstances that led to the student's suicide and the lathi charge by the police by a sitting or retired judge of the High Court", said Prof Battu Satyanarayana, President, OUTA.

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The note read that he had never failed in any examination. Telangana Joint Action Committee of the alliance had given a call for a complete shutdown of the Osmania University on Monday. Political analysts said, with a massive rally planned against the TRS government on Monday over unemployment, politicians found ready ammunition to pin the government by linking the suicide to jobs.

Student associations enforced a bandh which saw participation by 5,000 students on campus even as student leaders accused the police of taking away E Murli's suicide note. He said the government should give Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Murali's family or else the student organisation would not allow the police to shift his body from the hostel. The ABVP protested not just the lathicharge but also the government's delay in releasing job notification for unemployed youth.

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