36-hour rail blockade in Telangana ends

With the blockade coming to an end, South Central Railway announced restoration of a few passengers trains from Secunderabad station from tonight.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2011, 21:14 PM IST

Hyderabad: The 36-hour-long `rail roko`
agitation in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, called by the
the Telangana political Joint Action Committee, ended this
evening, bringing relief to hapless commuters.

As a part of the `Sakal Janula Samme` (general strike by
all sections of society) for separate Telangana state, the
JAC had enforced rail-blockade since yesterday morning.

With the blockade coming to an end, South Central Railway
(SCR) announced restoration of a few passengers trains from
Secunderabad station here and other places, from tonight.

However, the general strike, which entered 13th day today,
continues.

"The rail roko programme was a huge success," T-JAC
chairman M Kodandaram said, adding that the future course of
action would depend on the response of the government over
Telangana issue.

Earlier in the day, as a part of the rail roko, agitators
including TRS and BJP activists continued demonstrations,
squatted on railway tracks and held sit-ins at stations at
several places across Telangana districts and Hyderabad city.

Telangana supporters also organised Vanta Varpu (mass
cooking) on tracks and platforms. Cultural programmes and
protests were held in Medak, Nalgonda, Adilabad, Mahabubnagar,
Warangal, Nizamabad and other Telangana districts.

Train services across the region had come to a grinding
halt since yesterday, with the SCR cancelling 55 express
trains, diverting 55 and partially cancelling 48, besides
cancelling 222 local trains.

As a part of the general strike, pro-Telangana outfits
staged protests, brought out processions and organised human
chains in all the ten Telangana districts and the state
capital.

PTI