A 19-year-old student, who set himself on fire during protests over the Telangana issue, succumbed to his burns at a hospital here early Sunday. A police officer said Siripur Yadaiah, who sustained 80 percent burns, died at Apollo DRDO Hospital. “Yadaiah, a class 12 student of New Nobel Junior College in the city, set himself ablaze at about 2 pm Saturday at the main gate of Osmania University when the police stopped hundreds of students from marching towards the assembly to lay siege. A resident of neighbouring Ranga Reddy district, Yadaiah poured kerosene and set himself on fire, shouting the slogan 'Jai Telangana'. The youth, who was immediately engulfed in flames, ran towards policemen standing at a barricade as hundreds watched in shock. Eye witnesses said he fell down after running for about 50 metres and the policemen tried to put out the flames. He was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed after battling for his life for nearly 12 hours. “The police shifted Yadaiah's body to his native Nagaram village after autopsy and handed it over to relatives. A suicide note recovered from his bag revealed that he had come prepared to take the extreme step at the university, the nerve centre of Telangana movement where another student committed suicide Jan 19. In the suicide note written in Telugu, Yadaiah said he was an orphan and had lost his parents in childhood. "I was hopeful of getting a job in separate Telangana state but it appears that the separate state will not be formed. I am laying down my life for the cause of Telangana and many more will do so till the goal is achieved," the note said.
Leaders of students' Joint Action Committee (JAC) and pro-Telangana parties reached the village to attend the last rites of Yadaiah.Posted Date:22-01-2014