Osmania student commits suicide for Telangana

Hyderabad, March 9 (IANS) Desperate over the delay in formation of a Telangana state, another student of the Osmania University committed suicide Tuesday.

Sai Kumar, a second year B. Tech student, ended his life by hanging in his hostel room in the campus. A suicide note purported to have been written by him said he was taking the extreme step as he was upset over the delay.

Police said some hostel inmates saw Sai Kumar hanging from the ceiling fan. Kumar, who hailed from Nalgonda district, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

The incident triggered fresh tension in the university, the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation. Students gathered in large numbers and raised slogans of ‘Jai Telangana’.

In view of the tense situation, the university authorities have postponed the exams scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

This is the latest in a series of suicides by Telangana students in support of the demand for separate statehood to the backward region, which comprises Hyderabad and nine other districts.

A student of Class 12 had immolated himself Feb 20 at the main entrance of Osmania University to protest the delay in formation of Telangana state. He resorted to the extreme step in full public view during a protest by university students.

A MCA student self-immolated on Osmania University campus and his body was found on the campus Jan 19.

Parties fighting for separate Telangana state claim that more than 300 students and youth have committed suicide in the region since protests began in November. There is no independent confirmation of this number.

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