42 students from Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University held

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The students were protesting against the university for not releasing M.Phil and PhD notifications for three years.

Hyderabad: The police took 42 students from the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University into preventive custody on Monday. The students were protesting against the university for not releasing M.Phil and PhD notifications for three years.

The university had not released the post-graduation admission notification for this year even though other state universities had begun conducting admissions, the students alleged. Many students boycotted the ongoing semester-ending exams of the university on Monday.

K. Siddharth, one of the protesters, alleged, “We went to the vice-chancellor and tried to discuss the issues but we were met with rude responses and no solution was provided. So we decided to stage a protest.”

He alleged that the university administartion called in the police, who manhandled some protesting students.

“We will continue to boycott the exams and we are planning a relay hunger strike,” Mr Siddharth said. The students gave a written complaint to the police under Prevention of SC ST Atrocity Act against inc-charge vice-chancellor Prof. E. Siva Reddy. Police said the complaint was baseless and no case was registered.

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