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Osmania University suspends classes after protests on campus, exams postponed

The suicide note purportedly written by Murali The suicide note purportedly written by Murali
Melissa Porter | 06 December, 2017, 23:24

A suicide note was found from the scene, purportedly written by Murali, stating that he did not want to fail in his exams, police said. Murali a native of Doulapur village in Jagdevpur mandal in Siddipet district was a first semester first year student of physics at OU.

The Osmania University students on Monday staged a protest and did not allow the police to shift the body of E Murali, 21, who had committed suicide aday earlier, for post-mortem.

While student's organisations in the campus are arguing that unemployment in Telangana has forced Murali to take the extreme step, MSc students, who also held a separate protest on Monday said that "academic pressure" in the department was a reason for Murali's suicide.

"I am unable to continue my studies". They pointed out the difference between Murali's handwriting and the writing in the reported suicide note.

In a press release here on Monday, ABVP secretary, Ayyappa demanded an immediate action on students issues and said that State government is responsible for his suicide.

The note read that he had never failed in any examination.

The students at the university have been protesting within the campus since Saturday, demanding - among other things - compensation and a government job for a member of the family of the deceased student. TJAC chairman Kodandaram alleged that the state government's failure in keeping the promise to provide jobs has led to frustration among youth and students.

Following the bandh call, Osmania University, Telangana University and JNTUH postponed their exams. Security was tightened on the campus even as students raised slogans against the chief minister.

"This is consequent to the unfortunate incident in which one of the student committed suicide".