By SUNIL Sonkar
Hyderabad, Feb. 20 — For ten hours Hyderabad city was laid to siege by police on Saturday to foil the march of pro-Telangana students towards the state Assembly for the separate Telangana state.
Late in the evening violence broke out after a self-immolation was attempted by a 19-year-old youth S Yadagiri inside the campus of Osmania University.
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells inside the campus of the university and this triggered a fresh face-off there between the students and police. Seething with anger the students hurled stones and also torched buses.
Around 100 students tried to break police cordon earlier in the day and tried to run towards the Assembly. Police immediately reacted by taking them into the custody.
At different places, said police officials, more than 300 students were taken into preventive custody who violated prohibitory orders in the city.
Students also hurled stones at the car of T Tirupati Rao, Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, in the campus. However, Rao was not in the vehicle that time confirmed East Zone Deputy Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Ladha.