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As demands for a separate state of Telangana gained momentum in 2009, Osmania University, which played an important role in the 1969 movement, was once again at the epicentre of the movement. Student protests against government’s decisions or political events often turned violent and the massive police presence at the university only served to raise tempers. Police were accused of entering hostels and roughing up students, before a High Court order prohibited them from entering campus without permission from university authorities. Students and police often pelted stones at each other and tear gas shelling became commonplace. The impact of the agitation on students was so great that a few even committed suicide and a counselling centre was opened to help students cope with the emotional stress and trauma. Osmania continues to be a hotbed of politics and student activism today although the tensions are subdued.