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One More Student Ends Life Over Telangana Issue

PTI 19 Jan 2010, 22:29:01 IST

Reportedly depressed over the delay in formation of separate Telangana state yet another student allegedly committed suicide by setting himself ablaze at the Osmania University (OU) campus in Hyderabad on Tuesday , police said. 

The charred body of K Venugopal Reddy (23), an MCA student of a private college, was found near Tagore Auditorium in the OU premises, police said, adding it was burnt beyond recognition. 

Tension prevailed at the varsity campus after the news of one student committing suicide for the cause of Telangana spread. Hundreds of students and Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Osmania University students staged demonstrations at the OU campus and demanded that the legislators and ministers from Telangana region should immediately resign. 

The protesting students did not allow the police to lift the body from spot and insisted on conducting post-motem from where the body was found after which the authorities were forced to conduct the autopsy in the University campus. 

 A suicide note purportedly written by Venugopal was recovered from the scene in which he demanded the United Progressive Alliance leaders to immediately initiate measures towards formation of Telangana state. In the letter written in Telugu, Venugopal allegedly said he was resorting to the extreme step over delay in formation of Telangana. 

Inspector of Police Anjaiah told PTI that they have received a complaint from Venugopal's family members that he committed suicide. 

Venugopal, a native of Nalgonda district, was an active member of separate Telangana movement and participated in a series of agitations that began from November 30 last year, student leaders said. 

Meanwhile, the Osmania University administration postponed the semester examinations scheduled for today and tomorrow, saying there is no change in the examinations scheduled from January 21. 

Expressing deep sorrow over the death of Venugopal, Osmania University Vice-Chancellor T Tirupati Rao, termed it as "unfortunate" and appealed the students not to resort to extreme steps. 

Earlier, K Srikanth, a Telangana sympathiser, immolated himself in the first week of December while atleast 10 students ended their lives in support of separate state for the region. PTI