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Protests for unified Andhra Pradesh enter day three

Last Updated: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 16:02

Hyderabad: Groups of students, political leaders and activists from various organisations continued their relay, indefinite fasts and organised rallies across coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, in support of a unified Andhra Pradesh.

The protests, which broke out after the Centre`s nod to initiate process for formation of separate Telangana State, continued for the third consecutive day today with fasts and rallies in the coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Krishna and Anantapur and Chittoor districts in the Rayalaseema region.
The anti-Telangana protesters are holding a series of relay and indefinite hunger strikes at several places in these districts. However, there were no reports of violence so far.

After the bandhs and violent protests for the last two-days in the districts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, the situation is now limping back to normalcy, police said, adding additional forces have been deployed in different districts to maintain law and order.

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), however, suspended its services in the two regions in view of damages to its fleet during the anti-Telangana agitation.

Senior police officials are monitoring the situation in Anantapur district which witnessed violent protests yesterday after students and others set afire optical fibre cables of BSNL at a warehouse near Srikrishna Devaraya University.

Anantapur District Superintendent of Police Murugesh Kumar Singh, told reporetrs that he was holding talks with student leaders at the varsity campus and who monitoring the situation closely.

Additional forces have been deployed in the district to keep a vigil on protesters, he said.
In Guntakal town of Anantapur, some protesters pelted stones on an IOC depot, but ran away after seeing police personnel, a senior police officer from Guntakal said adding, "there is no bandh like situation today, though, relay fasts, processions are being carried out demanding united Andhra Pradesh."

In the port city of Visakhapatnam, students of Andhra University (AU) and leaders of different political parties are observing fasts in support of their demand for `Samaukya Andhra Pradesh` (United Andhra Pradesh), Visakhapatnam City Commissioner of Police N Samba Siva Rao said.

"The protests are peaceful and no untoward incident has been reported so far. AU students have given a call for a peace rally in the evening," he said.

Similarly, TDP leaders began relay hunger strikes in Vijayawada city and there were reports of protests rallies being organised in Kurnool, Kadapa, Chittoor and other districts.


First Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009 - 16:02
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