E Murali, 21, a first-year M.SC (Physics) student and a topper, committed suicide at the Maneru Hostel. Police claimed that he suffered from depression and examination pressure. A section of students and political parties, however, claimed that Murali ended his life over unemployment and was frustrated with government delay in releasing a job notification.
“Exams are round the corner and I fear I will fail. So, I have decided to end my life. Anna, don’t leave mother. Take care of her. Bhaskar, you are the younger son. I don’t want mother to know about my suicide,‚ÄĚ Murali wrote in his suicide note.
The suicide happened less than 24 hours before the Opposition’s grand alliance at Saroornagar to mobilize people against the government’s alleged failure to provide jobs. Members of the Unemployment Joint Action Committee called a shutdown of OU campus on Monday, December 4. TJAC convener Professor Kodendaram and Congress leaders visited the campus in the evening. The police rushed to the campus as protests raged. Students refused to allow police and university officials to bring down the body for autopsy.
Murali was a resident of Gajwel, which is the home turf of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. The University has requested the mandal revenue officer to conduct a probe. Security was tightened on the campus even as students raised slogans against the chief minister and laid siege to the hostel.
According to political analysts, with a massive rally planned against the TRS government on Monday over unemployment, opponents have found ready ammunition to pin the government by linking the suicide to lack of jobs.