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4 buses burnt, tension in OU

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Stones hurled at heavy vehicles; additional police forces rushed



On fire again:A bus which was burnt by unidentified youth in OU campus on Friday.

HYDERABAD: After a brief lull, tension returned to Osmania University campus on Friday night when unidentified persons burnt four buses in and around the campus

The Osmania University police station Inspector, P. Ashok, said a group of youths turned up before the Institute of Advanced Study in Education around 9 p.m. and stopped an APSRTC bus travelling on that route. They threatened the bus driver and the passengers to get down and later set it on fire.

By the time police learnt about the incident and rushed to the spot, the accused fled the spot. Even as the police called in fire-tenders, another group of youngsters gathered at Aradhana theatre on Tarnaka main road. The protestors hurled stones at heavy vehicles, bringing the traffic to a grinding halt on the busy road.

They made the passengers inside the buses, one belonging to a private operator and the remaining of RTC, get off and set them ablaze.

Traffic was disrupted for more than an hour and diverted to alternative routes towards Lalapet and Kushaiguda.

The Inspector said they were suspecting involvement of students behind the incident though no one was identified yet. “We're focussing on dousing the flames with the help of firemen and ensuring trouble did not spread to other areas.

Identification of accused would follow from Saturday morning,” the Inspector said from the spot.

Other parts of the OU campus, including the NCC end, remained peaceful. No demonstrations or violent incident was reported anywhere on the campus when reports last came in. Higher-ups rushed forces to OU police station to meet any eventuality and apprehending outbreak of violence on Saturday morning.

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