Osmania University suspends classes after protests on campus, exams postponed

Osmania University postpones exam after student commits suicide

Murali committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself in his hostel bathroom, allegedly due to academic pressure.

The students had refused to hand over the body of Murali, who, in a suicide note had apologised to his mother for his extreme decision and said he was unable to cope with exams.

These students and political parties took to protesting within and outside the Osmania University campus, condemning the state government. Murali a native of Doulapur village in Jagdevpur mandal in Siddipet district was a first semester first year student of physics at OU. A suicide note retrieved from the pocket of Murali has reportedly indicated that he has been undergoing tension in regard to his studies. I never wanted to fail in exams. The students also demanded that the government should sanction ex-gratia to the family and also should provide one government job to one of the family member. Police resorted to baton charge, resulting in four students suffering injuries.

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Speaking to Newsclick, Arunank said "Earlier, university students Isanth Reddy and Venugopal Reddy who were part of Telangana state formation movement have committed suicide inside the campus".

The most important factor, I think, because of which students decide to quit and even sometimes commit suicide, is unemployment. Videos have emerged apparently showing the local police barging into the rooms of students and beating them.

On 4 December, a protest gathering called Koluvula Kotlaata (Fight for Employment), organized by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), was held in Hyderabad. Shouting "KCR down, down", students burnt effigy of the chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in front of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad.

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