Statehood call shuts down Maharashtra's Vidarbha region:
Long distance and local services were disrupted, state transport
buses stoned and most private and government offices closed as the
daylong shutdown for a separate state of Vidarbha, to be carved out
of Maharashtra, began.....
Violence broke out at the Osmania
University campus in Hyderabad when police stopped students from
staging a march with the body of a youth who committed suicide by
immolating himself apparently due to delay in formation of a
separate Telangana state.
Police said at least 30 students and
15 policemen, including Kachiguda ACP K Ramchander, were injured as
the premises turned into a battlefield with students throwing stones
and torching police vehicles.
Police burst teargas shells and fired
rubber bullets and used water cannons to disperse them. Some
mediapersons were also hurt during the clashes.
The violence broke out over shifting
the body of K Venugopal Reddy, a 23-year-old final-year MCA student
who set himself ablaze yesterday at the university, which has been a
focal point for the youth demanding Telangana.
The students planned to take out
Venugopal's body in a procession towards Gun Park near Andhra
Pradesh state assembly from the Arts College premises where the body
was kept since yesterday. Hundreds of students gathered at the Arts
College premises to pay their respects to Venugopal.
But police stopped them from taking
out any procession saying it may aggrevate the situation in view of
the bandh being already observed in the city in support of Telangana.