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Police forcibly break students' fast in Warangal

Source: PTI
January 02, 2010 14:45 IST

The police broke the indefinite fast undertaken by nine students of the Kakatiya University on Saturday at the campus sparking widespread protests in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.

All the fasting students were admitted to the MGM hospital on directions of a local court, where they were produced after they were picked from the campus on Saturday morning, Shahnawaz Qasim, district superintendent of police said.

Angered over the action by the police, which descended in large number at the campus, agitating students staged a road blockade, police said.

Thousands of students took out rallies in Warangal city and marched towards the varsity campus to express their solidarity to their fasting fellows.

The police has registered suicide attempt case against eight students as they refused to undergo medical treatment.

Meanwhile, the University Employees Association along with the Joint Action Committee of Students  launched a relay hunger strike on Saturday to press their demands on Telangana issue.

The JAC had called for educational institutions bandh on Saturday demanding immediate release of students, arrested during the Telangana agitation.
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