OU Students Storm Secretariat Protesting University Land Allocation

HYDERABAD: The Osmania University students today created a flutter in Telangana Secretariat by barging into the premises and staging a dharna demanding that the government refrain from allotting Osmania University lands for house construction. However, the police rushed to the spot and dispersed them.

The incident took place when the officials and ministers went out to visit their respective constituencies in connection with Swachh Hyderabad program.

The dispute rose after Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao, participating in a Swachh Hyderabad program at Parsigutta, announced that he would allot 11 acres of Osmania University land to the poor people living in Parsigutta area.

The students said instead of evicting encroachers from the university lands, the chief minister was planning to allot the lands for houses’ construction. Some 20 students belonging to NSUI staged a dharna in front of Rao’s Office and raised slogans.

Demanding that the OU lands should be protected from land sharks, they accused Rao of adopting “anti-student” policies.

They also alleged that Rao has miserably failed to issue job notifications to benefit the students, who supported Telangana movement outright. They urged the people and public organizations to extend their support to the students in this regard.

The police entered the scene and arrested them. During the arrests, several students received injuries. The Secretariat employees came out from their offices and watched the students’ dharna. (NSS)

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