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SKU Rises For United Andhra

Y S Vivekananda Reddy was the latest to start a fast-to-death in Hyderabad, but had the thunder stolen from him by students of the Sri Krishnadevaraya University.
Hyderabad | 15th December 2009
The brother of late former CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Y S Vivekananda Reddy, started a fast-to-death at the statue of Potti Sriramulu statue in Hyderabad in support of the United Andhra cause, and was promptly arrested by cops willing to take no chances, but Reddy had the thunder stolen from him by what is slowly emerging as the capital of the United Andhra movement, Ananthapur.

The Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) is resembling a war-zone, with incidents kicked off by the death of a student Rajendra Prasad (he died of a heart attack participating in the Samaikyandhra movement) this morning. Students of the University surrounded the Itukapally police station, and hurled stones at the cops who asked them to clear out.

The police expectedly started a lathi-charge, and things quickly went out of control with the police intensifying the beatings, and students riled no end. The campus is quite tense, with students accusing the VC too of siding with the police and baying for his resignation. Platoons of armed policemen have surrounded the place, and the University has declared holidays till the 16th. Chandrababu Naidu has condemned the police attacks against the students.

Meanwhile, the fasts-to-death of the TDP MLAs in Ananthapur have entered the 2nd day. In Vijayawada, the JAC for a United Andhra has called for a blockade of all national highways from 11am-12pm. And in New Delhi, Andhra and Rayalaseema MPs have brought the Lok Sabha to a standstill over their opposition for separate statehood to Telangana.
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