Osmania University suspends classes after protests on campus, exams postponed

Protests erupt at Hyderabad's Osmania University after 20-year-old student is found dead in hostel washroom

Hyderabad: Tension in Osmania University after PG student suicide

Angry supporters of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad shut down educational institutes in Hyderabad and other districts of Telangana on Tuesday to protest against E Murali's suicide at the Osmania University on December 3.

A large number of angry students gathered near the hostel and staged a protest. A suicide note retrieved from the pocket of Murali has reportedly indicated that he has been undergoing tension in regard to his studies. Therefore, I have made a decision to end my life."Murali reportedly wrote in his suicide note".

The university students, according to Hindustan Times, suspected that the suicide note was fake, since the handwriting in the note did not match with Murali's. I never wanted to fail in exams.

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Following the bandh call, Osmania University, Telangana University and JNTUH postponed their exams. Videos have emerged apparently showing the local police barging into the rooms of students and beating them. The Times of India report added that unemployement was cited as a reason for the suicide by the student leaders.

ACP J Narsiah told Deccan Chronicle, "We gave them permission to give condolences to the 21-year-old student and not to make a fuss". He said that the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has been considering the University as his enemy despite knowing the role of the students in the formation of the state.

Political parties and their supporters in the university and outside claimed that Murali committed suicide over unemployment and failure of the government for releasing job notifications. "Murali's suicide is the first incident after the state was formed". 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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