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Students go on rampage, parade college officials

By Our Staff Reporter

NIZAMABAD, MARCH 17. Irate students and activists of various students unions went berserk and ransacked an evening private degree college, stripped and paraded the correspondent and secretary of the college on the main thoroughfares of the town on Wednesday after learning that they would not be issued hall tickets as the institution was not affiliated to Osmania University.

High drama prevailed in the town for over two hours this evening when a large number of first year students of the Golden Jubilee Evening Degree College, located near Quilla road, went berserk on realising that they would not be allowed to take the examinations scheduled to begin tomorrow afternoon. Over 125 students had taken admission to the evening college last year and were attending classes regularly. Interestingly, the college did not get affiliation from Osmania University. What surprised everybody was the fact that the Government had done away with the evening colleges way back in 1987 itself.

The students were told to collect their hall tickets on Wednesday evening so that they could appear for the first year examination. However, when the students including a large number of girls went to the college to collect their hall tickets they were shocked to know that they were not eligible to take the examination. The panic-stricken student pleaded with the college management to bail them out of the piquant situation. Things went out of control when the National Students Union of India, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Progressive Democratic Students Union and the Students Islamic Organisation, entered the scene. The aggrieved students and the students union activists ransacked the college principal's chambers and other rooms and rummaged the furniture. The management representatives, could not convince the students and all hell broke lose.

The irate students allegedly assaulted the duo and dragged them outside the chambers and tore their clothes. They were then paraded through the streets of Nizamabad. The Town CI, Rajasekhara Rao, on information rushed to the spot and protected the duo from being assaulted by the students. They were bundled into a police jeep but the students did not budge. In the meantime, the crowd swelled to over 500 and the agitators blocked traffic on the Nizamabad-Bodhan road for some time. The police tried to pacify them but failed to control the mob.

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