Osmania University Students Protest After Student Hangs Himself in Hostel


Though the police is saying that E Murali, a 22 year physics topper had taken this extreme step at Maneru Hostel, out of depression and examination pressure. Therefore, I have chose to end my life."Murali reportedly wrote in his suicide note".

The protesting students claimed that more than 150 students were taken into custody late on Sunday; the police stated that they took 51 students into preventive custody.

Murali, a first-generation student, hailed from Dulapur village in Jagadevpur Mandal, Medak district. I never wanted to fail in exams. A suicide note retrieved from the pocket of Murali has reportedly indicated that he has been undergoing tension in regard to his studies.

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On 4 December, a protest gathering called Koluvula Kotlaata (Fight for Employment), organized by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), was held in Hyderabad. The students said that Murali committed suicide because he could not get a government job.

Devender Reddy, a senior journalist with a regional channel, and video journalist Praveen, who were there to cover the suicide incident, were also detained by the police on Sunday night. "We demand an investigation into the circumstances that led to the student's suicide and the lathi charge by the police by a sitting or retired judge of the High Court", said Prof Battu Satyanarayana, President, OUTA.

On Monday, about a hundred protesting students were picked up from the campus premises and taken away by the Telangana Police. Shouting "KCR down, down", students burnt effigy of the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in front of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. He said the government should give Rs 50 lakh as compensation to Murali's family or else the student organisation would not allow the police to shift his body from the hostel.

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