Telangana bandh peaceful; 200 taken in custody

The bandh called in Telangana region to press for statehood demand passed off peacefully, police said.

Hyderabad: The bandh called in Telangana
region of Andhra Pradesh to press for statehood demand and
recent suicides by two pro-Telangana supporters in Warangal on Tuesday passed off peacefully, police said.

The shutdown, called by Telangana Rashtra Samithi
(TRS), was near total in Warangal, Karimnagar and Medak
districts where shops, business establishments and private
educational institutions remained shut. It evoked a mixed
response in other Telangana districts and the state capital.

"The bandh passed off peacefully and pro-Telangana
activists resorted to road blockades and took out bike rallies
in various parts of the region and Hyderabad," a senior police
officer told PTI.

TRS had called for bandh over the suicides by MBA student
Bhojya Naik and auto-driver Rajamouli who immolated themselves
allegedly for Telangana cause since Saturday last in Warangal
district and also to protest the Centre and state
government`s "indifferent attitude" to the statehood issue.

Around 200 activists belonging to different pro-
Telangana groups were taken into preventive custody when they
came out on the streets and tried to enforce the bandh in the
city, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters.
It was business as usual for the IT industry in
Hyderabad. However, some of the banks and commercial
establishments located in sensitive areas remained closed.

The shutdown was supported by Telangana Joint Action
Committee (TJAC), Osmania University JAC, Telangana Vidyarthi
Ikya Vedika (TVIV) and other pro-statehood outfits.

In view of SSC and other examinations, bus services of
the state-run transport undertaking, APSRTC, were exempted
from the bandh call.

Police had stepped up security at the residences of
Congress leaders, Ministers and TDP leaders in Warangal

Speaking at Hanmakonda Chowrasta in the district, TRS
leaders demanded that the Centre immediately introduce
Telangana Bill in Parliament to prevent further suicides in
the region.

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