Telangana agitations rock Andhra again

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Telangana agitations rock Andhra again
Hyderabad, Feb 15: The Government's Terms of Reference (ToR) to the Telangana committee has led to fresh protests and agitations in Andhra Pradesh. While as many as 15 MLAs from the Telangana region have handed over their resignation, Osmania University has yet again donned the image of a battlefield as police and protesters clash.

On Sunday, Feb 14 afternoon, Speaker N Kiran Kumar Reddy received resignation letter of 10 TRS MLAs, two Congress MLAs, one TDP MLA, one PRP MLA, and one BJP MLA.

The MLAs submitted their resignations protesting the ToR of the Sri Krishna Committee. The government appointed committee, set up to resolve the issue of division of AP to make way for separate Telangana, received the ToR on Friday, Feb 12.

Students and police clashed at the Osmania University as the protests went on late into the evening on Sunday, Feb 14. The police and paramilitary forces lobbed tear gas shells, shot rubber bullets and resorted to lathi charge to control the crowd, injuring at least 30 people. Journalists covering the agitation were also beaten up.

Leaders of university students Joint Action Committee (JAC), who alleged that police entered hostels and beat up students, have threatened of mass suicides if the police and security forces do not leave the university.

As per the latest inputs, tension prevailed at the university even as the week begun. More MLAs are expected to resign on Monday, Feb 15.

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