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Monday, February 22, 2010

No Maoists in OU: VC /T-Supporters Claim VC Stand A Slap On Govt Face

Hyderabad: The vice chancellor of Osmania University T Tirupati Rao on Sunday asserted that Maoists are not present on its campus.Addressing the media after a meeting of the peace committee on the campus,Tirupati Rao said that the university authorities including myself have no information about the presence of Maoists.He added: Most of those who live in our hostels are our students.Even there are not many non-boarders on the campus. The vice chancellors new revelations fly in the face of the claims by the police and the government that Maoists have infiltrated the OU campus.This was the grounds on which a large police force including men from the Rapid Action Force and the anti-naxal Greyhounds had been deployed on the campus.This was also the basis on which the police tried to evict boarders from the campus on Sunday before the last.

The state government has moved the Supreme Court even after a single judge and a division bench asked the police to move out of the campus specifically on the apprehension of Maoist presence.Striking a sympathetic note,the vice chancellor said that nonboarders are relatives of students who have come from very poor and rural backgrounds.They dont live on the campus to indulge in any violence. He, however, hastened to add that the administration was planning to speak to hostel students and the non-borders would be asked to leave.But Praveen Kumar,joint commissioner of police (special branch) who is also a member of the peace committee said that it is too early to come to a conclusion on the presence of Maoists on campus.Kumar,however,maintained that his force will not withdraw from the campus.The police are not against the democratic right of students to protest.We will,however,stop them if they try to take to the streets as there is a chance of it turning out to be a law and order problem, Kumar said.

But the vice chancellor said that the police will enter the campus only when called.If we need their help, we will request them to take charge on campus. But police will not enter campus without my permission, said Rao. The vice chancellor also asked the students not to interrupt the academic year any further.The students should realise that they might lose an academic year if they continue boycotting examinations, said the vice chancellor.The vice chancellor said that his priority,however,is to maintain peace on campus.Faculty members and others from the administrative team will interact with the students to maintain peace on campus, the VC said.In the peace meeting which was attended by members of the state police,faculty and students,a review of all instances of violence on OU campus was done. Meanwhile, OU-JAC representatives welcomed the statement of the vice chancellor which they said exposed the state governments malicious propaganda.
Yadaiah laid to rest in his native village

Hyderabad: Amid heartrending scenes and slogans,young Telangana agitator S Yadaiah,who succumbed to the burns he suffered during the self-immolation attempt near the Osmania University gate on Satur-day, was laid to rest in his native Nagaram village in Ranga Reddy district on Sunday afternoon.The teenager who suffered over 85 per cent burns succumbed late on Saturday night.According to Apollo Hospital authorities,Yadaiah breathed his last at 11.50 pm on Saturday.A forensic expert from Osmania General Hospital performed postmortem on the teenagers body at the corporate hospital itself. At about 3.30 am,the body accompanied with police escort was taken to Nagaram,fearing repeat of events that happened post Venugopal Reddys suicide on the campus.Hailing Yadaiah as a martyr, political leaders from across the parties,paid rich tributes to him.BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya,T Harish Rao and Nayani Narasimha Reddy of TRS,Devender Goud of TDP,T JAC convener Prof Kodandaram,MRPS president M Krishna Madiga and balladeer Gaddar were among the thousands who paid tributes to Yadaiah and expressed condolences to the family members.

There was mild tension at about 9.30 am when all arrangements were made to take out the funeral procession. Alleging that police personnel were forcing the family members to cremate the body early,Telangana activists blocked the main road of the village.
TRUE LIES - Chidu blasts DGP, IB head

The recent police action in Osmania University has invited a lot of flak and criticism.In their enthusiasm to treat the students agitation as a grave law and order problem and crush it without remorse,the state police deployed Greyhounds,the elite anti-naxal force,on the campus.Finding themselves in unfamiliar terrain,the Greyhounds went about their duties in a rather rough fashion.After the media reported this misuse of the anti-naxal force,it was all of a sudden withdrawn.But by then,the damage had been done.The grapevine has it that Union home minister P Chidambaram,who was in Jammu on the day the report appeared,pulled up Director General of police R R Girish Kumar for having misused the Greyhounds,as well as ticked off Intelligence Bureau joint director Madan Mohan stationed in Hyderabad as to why he had to learn about such a major lapse through the media and not through the IB.

Faceoff between Girish and Khan

Are director general of police (DGP) Girish Kumar and Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan on a collision course A little bird tells us that Kumar is mighty miffed with Khan for landing him on the wrong foot in the Osmania University (OU) affair.The story goes that on the crucial day when there was a gadbad on the OU campus,Kumar tried in vain to contact Khan for over two hours but to no avail.An additional commissioner of Hyderabad police Krishna Raju who had been despatched to the campus suffered serious injuries in stone pelting and had to be hospitalised and therefore there was need to detail somebody else to take charge.It is at this point that Kumar attempted to touch base with Khan but failed to do so.Therefore orders were given to joint police commissioner Sitharam Anjaneyulu -- a former student of the university and son of a retired don of OU -- to march to the campus.

The overzealous Anjaneyulu overconfident that he knew everything about the university however messed it all up.For those who came in late,Anjaneyulu was inducted into Hyderabad police due to the efforts of Girish Kumar.At first an attempt was made to send him over as commissioner of Vijayawada police but chief minister Rosaiah flatly refused and Anjaneyulu who had been pushed out of the intelligence department was sent to cool his heels in the Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP).But soon,with trouble breaking out in OU,he was brought into Hyderabad police - much to the chagrin of many of his colleagues.
CPM MLA faces T-wrath -Cops Cane Students Following Attack On Him At Nalgonda

Nalgonda/Hyderabad: Stepping up their offensive,the pro-Telangana activists attacked the vehicle of an MLA of CPM,which is opposed to the division of the state,in Nalgonda on Sunday.Tension mounted as police resorted to lathi charge to quell them. The angry activists pelted stones on the vehicle of Miryalguda legislator Julakanti Ranga Reddy when he questioned the Telangana JAC leaders presence at the zilla parishad meeting after they had resigned from their posts.The activists,among them were scores of students,hurled stones on the MLAs car damaging the windowpanes.The slogan-shouting mob demanded that he quit his post in support of separate Telangana state.When the protesters refused to budge,police resorted to lathi charge to disperse them.The MLA was shifted safely to another place, a police official said.He denied that the MLA had suffered injuries in the melee.Six protesters sustained injuries during the lathicharge,while six agitators were taken into preventive custody.

In Zaheerabad in Medak district,minister J Geeta Reddy faced the fury of T-protagonists who wanted her to resign from her post.At a meeting of Congress JAC where she got up to address the leaders,the agitators shouted slogans demanding her resignation.With the pleas to maintain calm falling on their deaf ears,the minister left the place without addressing them.Meanwhile,ABVP activists held a protest in Mahbubnagar demanding resignation of Makthal MLA K Dayakar Reddy (TDP) who was staying in a guest house when they came.The activists questioned Dayakar for holding on to his post.In Nizamabad,the agitators besieged the house of MLA Gampa Goverdhan Reddy and sought his resignation.They later burnt his effigy in front of the house. A student jumped from a tree shouting Jai Telangana slogans at Pippaldari in Adilabad district on Sunday.Srikant was admitted to RIMS hospital in a critical condition.Earlier,the agitators set a BSNL cell tower on fire at Talamadugu in Adilabad district late on Saturday night,while a tent belonging to JAC was set ablaze at Vemulawada in Karimnagar district.

T-students threaten to storm Gandhi Bhavan

Members of National Students Union of India (NSUI) threatened to storm Gandhi Bhavan on Monday if a separate wing for students from Telangana is not formed within the party.Election for NSUI state president is scheduled to be held at Gandhi Bhavan on Monday.Members of the student outfit in a statement on Sunday demanded the party leadership to postpone elections till the separate statehood issue is sorted out.TNN

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