Telangana shut down against UPA indecision
A one- day bandh called by Telangana Rashtra Samiti, against Centre’s “indecisiveness” evoked total response in some districts of the disputed region. The shutdown was total in Warangal, Karimnagar, Medak and Khammam districts of Telangana. However, the bandh was partial in Hyderabad — the city which the proponents of the separate state are pitching for to be the capital of Telangana.
The shutdown called by TRS to protest the Centre’s “indecision” on granting statehood to Telangana was backed by BJP, Telangana Joint Action Committee ( JAC) and several other proTelangana organisations.
Educational institutions at many places remained shut. Examinations of Kakatiya and Osmania Universities were postponed. Police made as many as 361 preventive arrests in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Demonstrators damaged three state transport buses and four incidents of damage to private properties reported, police said. In Karimnagar Supporters burn an effigy of Sonia Gandhi during a bandh to demand a separate state of Telangana on Saturday - AP district, educational and commercial establishments remained closed. No untoward incident was reported in the district, police said, adding that TRS MLC Naradasu Laxman Rao, party district president Eeda Shankar Reddy and others were taken into custody.
A report from Warangal said that the RTC buses were off the road as TRS workers held protests at bus depots in the district. In Medak district, a peaceful bandh was observed with schools, colleges, petrol bunks and cinema halls remaining closed.
Pro- Telangana supporters held demonstrations raising slogans against the Central government at several places in the district. Around 100 agitators were taken into custody from various places and were later released, police said. – PTI