Osmania University suspends classes after protests on campus, exams postponed

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E Murali, a first-year student of MSc Physics at the university, was found hanging in the washroom of one of the hostels on the campus on Saturday evening, a senior police official said.

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. They pointed out the difference between Murali's handwriting and the writing in the reported suicide note. Large number of students of the University came out in protest, after which, on Monday, the police cracked down and arrested over a hundred of them from campus premises. "The situation has not changed for Telangana youths who fought for a separate state as they continue to remain jobless", TJAC convenor prof b Kodandaram said.

Following the bandh call, Osmania University, Telangana University and JNTUH postponed their exams.

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The students at the university have been protesting within the campus since Saturday, demanding - among other things - compensation and a government job for a member of the family of the deceased student. Police resorted to baton charge, resulting in four students suffering injuries.

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.

The police apparently found a suicide note from Murali and said he had ended his life due to depression, coupled with pressure from examinations. Security was tightened on the campus even as students raised slogans against the chief minister. The students alleged that Murali was anxious that the government would not keep its word to fill vacancies.

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