The Telangana Bandh call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee on Monday evoked mixed response. While the bandh impact was not visible in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, normal life was disrupted in other districts in the region.
The RTC buses plied normally in the twin cities. The auto-rickshaws too plied in the twin cities. However, in other districts very few services were operated under tight security. As many as 596 buses remained parked at six depots of Adilabad, 580 buses in Medak, 930 buses in Warangal, 791 buses in Mahaboobnagar, 629 buses in Khammam, 902 buses in Karimangar and 705 buses in Nalgonda did not ply due to Telangana bandh.
Several buses coming from Seemandhra region were stopped at NH-9. While nearly 50 protestors were arrested at Narketpalli in Nalgonda district for staging a road blockade on the Vijayawada-Hyderabad highway, police stopped about 100 buses coming from Vijaywada towards Hyderabad at the check post as a precautionary measure. Buses coming from Kanchikacharla in Krishna district were stopped at Keesra toll gate.
A majority of educational institutions remained open in Hyderabad and the commercial establishments too did not downed their shutter during the bandh. However, in other districts all educational institutions, shops and establishments, petrol bunks and cinema halls remained closed. Major impact of bandh was seen in Warangal, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Mahabubnagar districts. One petrol bunk was also attacked in Warangal.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee has called for the daylong shutdown to protest against alleged police excesses during the rail blockade. It alleged that false cases were booked against thousands of protestors, including MPs and MLAs, and that the government misused power to suppress the agitation.
The JAC, which had called for a three-day rail blockade, decided to cut it short to two days and instead called for a Telangana Bandh on Monday.
Meanwhile, the general strike by government employees across Telangana entered 35th day on Monday. The strike by workers in state-owned Singareni Collieries is also continuing. (INN)