Bandh paralyses life in non-Telangana regions

Normal life was disrupted in non-Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh.

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2010, 12:17 PM IST

Hyderabad: Normal life was disrupted in
non-Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh, as the bandh called
by the All party Joint Action Committee (JAC) in support of
United Andhra Pradesh began on Monday.

"We called for a complete bandh to send a message to
the Center that majority of people want a United Andhra
Pradesh," Prof Samuel, Convenor of Samkhya Andhra (United
Andhra Pradesh) JAC told reporters in Vijayawada.

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
(APSRTC) has suspended its services across the Telangana and
Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as a precautionary
measure. Commuters had a tough time as the public transport
was unavailable.

Schools, colleges, shops and other business
establishments also remained closed.

In Chittoor district, except buses going to temple
town of Tirupati, all other services remained cancelled.

In Vijayawada, former Mayor Mallika Begum and few
other leaders were taken into custody by the police as they
tried to hold a protest.

"We warn the Centre that they should not make any
hasty announcement. We will conduct our next meeting in favour
of United Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad also," TDP MLA D
Umamaheswara Rao said.

The JAC has called for a rail roko in Coastal Andhra
and Rayalaseema tomorrow, to coincide with the crucial meeting
convened by the Centre to discuss the Telangana issue in New

The Telangana JAC has also called for rail and rasta
roko tomorrow in Telangana Region.