Total shutdown in Telangana for 2nd day, clashes reported

Today is the second day of the 48-hour shutdown called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) to demand a separate state of Telangana.

Last Updated: Jul 06, 2011, 14:56 PM IST

Hyderabad: Normal life was affected
on the second consecutive day Wednesday in the ten districts of
Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh following a 48-hour
shutdown by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee
(JAC) for a separate statehood.

Schools, colleges, shops, petrol pumps and other
commercial establishments remained closed and public transport
services were badly hit in all the Telangana districts,
including Hyderabad, due to the bandh.

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
(APSRTC) suspended its services at various places as a
precautionary measure and commuters had a tough time in
reaching their destinations.

Auto-rickshaws and other private transporters had a
field day due to unavailability of buses.

The government offices are functioning with only
skeleton staffs reporting to duty as the employees and other
sections are also part of the JAC.
Barring attempts by activists to lay a siege in courts
and to the houses of those public representatives who have not
yet put down their papers in support of the separate
statehood, the bandh has so far been more or less peaceful.

The students of Osmania University here clashed with
the security personnel yesterday when they were prevented
from taking out a rally. The students are planning to organise
a rally today.

TRS workers and other bandh-supporters held rallies,
sit-ins and resorted to other forms of protests to make the
shutdown a success.

The JAC called for the 48-hour bandh to impress upon
the Centre the immediate need to carve out a separate state of
Telangana, which will be followed by a rail roko on July 8 and 9.
The total number of legislators from the region quitting the Andhra Pradesh Assembly over the issue has so far
touched the 100 mark.

PTI