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20 injured in violence on Osmania University campus

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (IANS) Violence over the Telangana issue rocked Osmania University Sunday night and 20 students were injured when police fired rubber bullets and used batons to disperse them.

Six mediapersons also sustained injuries and their cameras and other equipments were damaged in the police action on the campus, eye-witnesses said.

The trouble began when students took out a rally hailing the resignations of 15 legislators and demanding that others quit too. As the protestors tried to march towards Tarnaka area, police and paramilitary forces stopped them, leading to heated arguments.

A police officer claimed that students started pelting stones, forcing them to baton-charge. Eye-witnessed said police personnel beat up several students and mediapersons, who sustained bleeding injuries.

Tension gripped the sprawling campus, the nerve centre of ongoing agitation over the demand for statehood to Telangana as police action evoked widespread condemnation by students organisations and pro-Telangana parties.

The All-party Joint Action Committee (JAC) has condemned the police action on the campus.

The university has been witnessing clashes between students and police since the agitation began in November last year.

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