Hyderabad: Pro-Telangana activists on Saturday
staged road blockades and took out rallies across the region
in Andhra Pradesh as part of their non-cooperation agitation
launched to demand tabling of a bill in Parliament for
creation of a separate state.
The political Joint Action Committee (JAC) also gave a
48-hour bandh call in the region from February 22 demanding
introduction of Telangana Bill in the forthcoming Budget
Session of Parliament.
"We have decided to observe bandh in Telangana region
on February 22 and 23 as part of our demand for formation of
Telangana state," JAC Convener C Kodandaram told reporters
The agitation, launched by JAC and other statehood
supporters on Thursday, continued for the third day today with
government employees in Telangana boycotting their work.
Protesters raised slogans in support of statehood for
the region and organised road blockades in Hyderabad and
Telangana districts. Scores of activists, including
Kodandaram, were taken into custody for staging `rasta roko`
Similarly, human chains, road blockades and rallies
were organised in Nizambad, Medak, Adilabad, Karimnagar,
Khammam, Nalgonda districts and other parts of Telangana. Some
activists even had food on road as part of the protest,
reports reaching here said.
The demonstrators, including members of TRS, BJP, ABVP
and students among others, also protested the suspension of
five Telangana MLAs (for their unruly behaviour in the State