Over 750 held for participating in TJAC rally in Hyderabad; one attempts self-immolation

Sandeep Chamar, associated with the Telangana Students� Union of Telangana Udyama Vedika, went on the platform leading to Arts College entrance door on Osmania University campus with a bottle of petrol and tried to immolate himself. He was detained.

Over 750 held for participating in TJAC rally in Hyderabad; one attempts self-immolation



Over 750 people were taken into custody by the Hyderabad police on Wednesday for trying to participate in a rally called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) over unemployment figures in the state.

The Hindu reported that 447 were detained by the Hyderabad police, while 77 were detained by the Cyberabad police. The Rachakonda police took 230 people into custody.

In the midst of the protests, Sandeep Chamar, associated with the Telangana Students’ Union of Telangana Udyama Vedika, went on the platform leading to Arts College entrance door on Osmania University campus with a bottle of petrol and tried to immolate himself. He was detained.

Tension prevailed in parts of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as police arrested scores of students and their leaders.

Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from Osmania University, Nizam College, Secunderabad PG College and some other educational institutions as students staged protests to condemn the arrest of TJAC convenor M Kodandaram and other leaders and activists across Telangana.

Demanding their release, the students took out rallies, shouting anti-government slogans.

Defying prohibitory orders, leaders and activists of TJAC, opposition parties and student groups tried to march towards Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram and Indra Park.

TJAC had decided to go ahead with its rally from Sundaraiah Vignana Kendram to Indra Park in the heart of the city to demand that the state government must fulfill its promise of providing one lakh jobs.

The police had denied them permission, fearing violence during the rally.

Tension prevailed at Osmania University campus as police stopped students from taking out a rally. The protestors stoned police and the latter used force to disperse them. Some arrests were made.

A sub-inspector of police was injured when students pelted stones at Nizam College in the heart of the city.

As a precaution, the police arrested the TJAC leader from his house early on Wednesday and shifted him to the police station.

The Osmania University Joint Action Committee has called for a shutdown of educational institutions in the state on Thursday.