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OU Students Call Arrests Inhuman, Courts Refuse Bail

Osmania University students who are in Chanchalguda jail addressed an open letter to the Telangana CM calling their arrests on December 4 "undemocratic, inhuman and autocratic".
Hyderabad | 6th December 2017
Osmania University students, who are in Chanchalguda jail as undertrails, addressed an open letter to Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday alleging that their arrests on December 4 were "undemocratic, inhuman and autocratic".

In their letter, they said that one Murali from Doulapur village in Gajwel constituency, which was the Chief Minister's constituency, completed M Sc Physics and was waiting for a job. Murali committed suicide on December 3 under depression as he did not see any notifications for any government jobs coming out for several months.

Murali's suicide was the best example of the increasing intolerance among the lakhs of unemployed youth who were being "deceived" in the hands of the TRS government, they said. "In this context, we participated in a peaceful protest program demanding that the government announce Rs 10 lakhs as ex-gratia for the bereaved family and provide employment to one of the family members. It is sad that forget responding positively in this regard, the government chose to get brutal with us," they said.

Afraid of the TRS leaders and the police threatening them, Murali's family members pleaded with the Osmania University students to hand over the body of Murali to them. The police however showed "over-enthusiasm" when the students were handing over the body to the family, and resorted to a lathi-charge. The police also then broke open the hostel room doors and resorted to another inhuman lathi-charge, the arrested students said in the letter.

"The police arrested us and shifted us from one police station to another from 3 am to 6 pm on December 4, and filed non-bailable cases against us under various sections. They then shifted us to Chanchalguda jail instead of producing us before a magistrate, by filing false cases. What crime we have committed to have such criminal cases foisted upon us? Did the police file such serious cases because we asked the government to do justice to the bereaved family or because we asked the government for one lakh jobs?" they asked in the letter.

Meanwhile, the Nampally court granted bail only to 17 persons of the nearly 40 persons arrested. Those granted bail included Congress leaders Addanki Dayakar, Daruvu Ellanna and Durgam Bhaskar, and TPCC official spokesperson Manavata Roy and TDP leader Onteru Prathapa Reddy were among those denied bail.

It may be recalled that the police had arrested the Congress leaders and the TDP leader when they went to the university after Murali committed suicide in Maner hostel four days ago.
filed in:  Telangana, Arrests, KCR, Osmania University, Students, Unemployment, Police, Hyderabad Police, Police Harassment, Bail, Courts, Legal
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