Hyderabad: Train services across Telangana
region of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday came to a standstill following
the 36-hour `rail roko` call given by Telangana JAC as a part
of the `Sakal Janula Samme` (general strike by all sections)
over the the demand of separate Telangana state.
Activists of Pro-Telangana parties including TRS and BJP
staged demonstrations and squatted on the tracks at various
railway stations in Telangana districts and in Hyderabad city.
Railway travellers had a harrowing time with the South
Central Railway (SCR) cancelling 55 express trains and 222
Commuters` woes were further compounded as the APSRTC
(state transport) services have been already affected by the
general strike. District bus-services are the worst-affected,
while very few city buses are plying on the road in Hyderabad.
Secunderabad, Kachiguda and Nampally railway stations
here wore a deserted look.
"In view of `rail roko` protest, passenger train services
have been cancelled already. There have been reports of
stoppage of goods trains at some places in Telangana region,
however the overall situation so far is peaceful,"
Inspector-General, Government Railway Police, V S K Kaumudi
Additional forces including state police personnel had
been deployed in Telangana districts to protect railway
property, he said.
Today and tomorrow, the trains on the Vikarabad-Parli,
Secunderabad-Kazipet, Secunderabad-Wadi, Nadikudi-Bibinagar,
Secunderabad-Mudkhed, Secunderabad-Dhone, Dornakal-Manuguru,
Peddapalli-Jagtiyal and Adilabad-Kinwat sections have been
cancelled/partially cancelled or diverted and rescheduled.
The general strike demanding separate Telangana state
entered the 13th day today.