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Shifting of OU police station faces hurdles

R. Ravikanth Reddy

Teachers oppose plan to house police station in the vicinity of their residential quarters


Police not interested in sites at Jamai Osmania road and at Manikeshwari Nagar

Police officials are of the view that their presence has become provocation for students


HYDERABAD: The plans to shift Osmania University police station from the campus is facing stiff opposition from teachers. They are not ready to give up the land behind Tarnaka bus stop, which the police officials are seeking as an alternative site, as it accommodates the residential quarters.

Police officials too are disinclined to take two other sites which the administration has suggested – the old police station building on the Jamai Osmania road and another at Manikeshwari Nagar. The Police Department apparently doesn't want any site within the campus limits as the purpose to move out was to shift the station away from students.

Ever since the police had come up with the idea to shift the station, it had narrowed down on one of the staff quarters buildings behind the bus stop. But, the OU Teachers Association (OUTA) has made it clear that they do not want a police station inside their residential quarters.

Apart from apprehensions over the likely “disturbances”, another reason being cited is that an empty plot besides the building being sought for the police station has been reserved for construction of a hostel for foreign students.

Alternative sites

“Bowing to OUTA pressure we have suggested the police to look at the one acre land in Manikeshwari Nagar or alternatively, the old police station building behind the Ladies Hostel. However, they are not interested in these sites,” an official said.

Though students have been asking the authorities to shift the police station from the campus for long, the Police Department too have felt the same after the recent clashes with students. Police officials are of the view that their presence has become a provocation for students and they are being targeted unnecessarily. Moreover, they are not able to concentrate on general policing within their jurisdiction.

Generally peaceful

Many teachers also are of the view that the campus is generally peaceful and police presence is unwarranted. They say the situation is quite different from the 80s and 90s when the campus used to witness clashes of ideologically divided student groups when the police presence was a deterrent.

But now except for the violence related to Telangana agitation, the situation is normal on the campus. “Presence of police now is only adding fuel to the fire,” a senior professor admitted. He points out that unlike other varsity campuses in the country, Osmania University is situated right in the city and police can reach within a few minutes, if necessary.

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