Hyderabad, Feb 20: Andhra Pradesh is on the boil again over Telangana as Osmania University students along with Nizam College and City College students have begun their 'Chalo Assembly' rally.
Fearing that violence will break out when the students begin their march to the State Assembly on Saturday, Feb 20, heavy security arrangements have already been put in place.
Most of the city has been cordoned off leading to massive traffic snarls. Tension prevails as police have imposed prohibitory orders. Over 20,000 people personnel have been deployed across the city.
Local TV channels are reporting that the police and paramilitary forces have beefed up the security outside OU to prevent the students from laying siege to the State Assembly, where the Budget is scheduled to be presented at 12:45 pm.
As the normal life comes to a standstill in the city, people are left wondering if the state government is over reacting to the Telangana agitations.
On Friday, Feb 19, OU students said they would take out a rally from Tarnaka campus to the Assembly, besides rallies in smaller groups from different locations. Apart from massive deployment of security forces, this also prompted the Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan to impose prohibitory orders banning assembly of more than five persons.