Around 2,000 pro-Telangana agitators in custody on 1st day of bandh
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 23:08
Hyderabad: Around 2,000 pro-Telangana agitators were taken into custody on Tuesday after they indulged in violent protests on the first day of the two-day bandh called in the region on the statehood issue, the police said.

The shutdown has been called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which comprises of political parties and people's organisations, to demand the introduction of Telangana Bill in the ongoing budget session of Parliament.

However, the situation in the 10 Telangana districts and the Andhra Pradesh capital was by and large peaceful, they claimed.

With a view to prevent disturbance and maintain law and order, 1,978 persons were taken into custody, police said.

Some private educational institutions, hotels, shops, business establishments and petrol pumps remained closed in the city.

In Hyderabad, stone pelting pro-Telangana students clashed with police on the Osmania University campus. The in-charge Vice-Chancellor of the university DN Reddy appealed for restraint and calm.

Police used teargas shells to disperse the students throwing stones on Osmania University Police Station, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East Zone) Y Gangadhar said.

At least 120 pro-Telangana activists, including members of the ABVP and Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener M Kodandaram, were arrested when they took out rallies in support of the bandh, he said.

Students of the Nizam College in Basheerbagh area also threw stones on policemen. Sixteen protesters were taken into custody, another police officer said.

Meanwhile, TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao condemned the arrest of JAC Convener Kodandaram, who was later released.

The JAC and TRS said the shutdown was a success as people voluntarily participated in the protests.

Kodandaram asked the bandh supporters to organise community kitchen tomorrow at the places where they hold protests as part of the shutdown.

The Telangana supporters should cook food and eat together wherever they held protests, he said.

TRS Politburo member K Jagadiswar Reddy appealed to the people to participate in the shutdown on Wednesday also.


First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 23:08

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