Day two of Telangana rail roko; some trains resume

The railways succeeded in running over 50 passenger and express trains on the second day of `rail roko` agitation over Telangana statehood demand.

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

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.


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