Day two of Telangana rail roko; some trains resume
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 16, 2011, 22:12
Hyderabad: Amid tight security arrangements, the railways on Sunday succeeded in running over 50 passenger and express trains on the second day of the 'rail roko' agitation over Telangana statehood demand, even as some trains continue to remain cancelled.

The rail roko went off peacefully, barring a few incidents and 715 persons were taken into preventive custody in different Telangana districts like Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, Adilabad, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Medak and also in the state capital after police registered 54 cases against the agitators, police said.

"With elaborate security arrangements made by the AP police, the South Central Railways succeeded in running over 50 passenger and express trains, including 43 long distance trains from and via Andhra Pradesh by this evening," Additional DGP (Railways) VSK Kaumudi said.

"More rail services are being planned, for which, additional forces are being directed to report to the Railway Police from different parts of the state," he said.

TRS MLA K Vidyasagar (Korutla constituency) was taken into custody at Nalgonda, while Congress MLA Jupalli Krishna Rao was detained in Mahabubnagar for attempting to participate in rail roko agitation, police said.

Several pro-Telangana activists, belonging to different Telangana groups, were also taken into custody for squatting and holding cultural programmes on railway tracks and near stations in different Telangana districts.

Miscreants damaged a railway track at Talamadla near Bhiknoor mandal of Nizamabad district, by removing the track clips. Four of the accused were identified in this case and have been taken into custody, Additional Director General (Law and Order) S A Huda said.

Window panes of four buses were broken in Warangal town, when statehood supporters, who took out a rally towards the railway station, threw stones. Police resorted to mild caning to disperse them.

Protesters also set on fire two buses at Kukatpally here and at Vikarabad in neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.

"The accused in the Vikarabad bus burning case have been identified and appropriate action is being taken," Huda said.

A South Central Railways (SCR) official said they restored MMTS (local) trains in Hyderabad and planned to operate 20 more trains. "Several trains still continue to remain cancelled, rescheduled and diverted in Telangana region," the official added.

The SCR earlier announced cancellation of as many as 124 trains in view of the rail roko agitation, which was called by Telangana-JAC from yesterday till October 17, demanding statehood to the region.

Meanwhile, some MPs and MLAs of TRS and ruling Congress, who were arrested along with hundreds of pro-Telangana agitators, were remanded to judicial custody today while some other elected representatives were granted bail.

Among those, who were sent to judicial remand include Karimnagar (Congress) MP Ponnam Prabhakar and former minister Jeevan Reddy, Warangal MP S Rajaiah and TRS Siddipet MLA Harish Rao.

TRS Medak MP Vijay Shanti, who was booked under the Railway Protection Act and arrested yesterday, was today granted bail by a railway magistrate court in Secunderabad, a senior police officer told PTI, adding that during the police remand, she was taken for medical examination and later produced before the court which granted conditional bail to her.

TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao's son K T Rama Rao, who was yesterday booked for abusing and threatening police officials was also released on bail. Peddapalli MP G Vivek was also released on bail.

Similarly, KCR's daughter K Kavitha, who heads Telangana Jagruthi, a cultural outfit of TRS, was also released on conditional bail along with her supporters.

While granting bail to Kavitha, the railway magistrate court in Secunderabad ordered that she and others would be forbidden from further participation in rail roko agitations.

They were released on bail on their self bonds for Rs 5,000 with two sureties and certain stringent conditions, police added.


First Published: Sunday, October 16, 2011, 13:34

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