Student dies after immolating self:
19-year-old youth, who had set himself ablaze in support of a separate Telangana state in the Osmania University campus on Saturday, succumbed to his burns early Sunday (February 21) morning.
S Yadagiri alias Yadaiah from Nagaram village in adjacent Ranga Reddy district, had come to the university campus to take part in the students' agitation in support of Telangana.
Setting himself afire, Yadaiah ran in the ball of fire shouting pro-Telangana slogans in the campus. Police personnel on duty in the campus doused the fire and rushed him Apollo hospital.
The youth suffered 85 per cent third degree burns on his body except the face, doctors said.
The incident had sparked off tension at the university area, where police sealed off the campus to prevent students from participating in the 'assembly muttadi' (siege) announced by the Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee.
Irate students who were locked up in the university forced away barricades put up at Vidyanagar end.
Two state corporation buses were damaged, while a private bus was burnt by some unidentified persons near Jamai Osmania railway station, police said.
On the other hand, a suicide note that was recovered from his bag said he could not continue his education due to financial problems and was sacrificing his life for the cause of Telangana so that people like him can get jobs in the new state.
"People like me will get jobs if Telangana is formed. I am giving my life for Telangana and please don't stop this movement till Telangana is achieved," the note read.
Yadaiah, whose parents have died, was brought up in an orphanage run by the state government and studied till class X. He was said to have discontinued intermediate from new Noble Junior College at Dilshuknagar. However when contacted, the college authorities denied Yadaiah studied in the college.
He had been working as cashier in a bar and restaurant in Kottapeta area and was identified with help of some certificates found in his bag along with the suicide note, police said.