Mixed response to Andhra Pradesh bandh called by TDP

The statewide shutdown, supported by Left parties, was by and large peaceful.

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 21:30 PM IST

Hyderabad: The bandh called by main
Andhra Pradesh`s opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to
protest the arrest of its fasting President N Chandrababu
Naidu evoked mixed response across the state.

The statewide shutdown, supported by Left parties, was
by and large peaceful, police sources said.

Naidu, on an indefinite hunger strike for the last
three days to demand higher compensation for rain-hit farmers,
was taken into custody by the police and forcibly shifted to
NIMS Hospital here in the wee hours today.

However, the former Chief Minister continued his fast
in the government-run medical facility for the fourth day.

During the bandh, commercial establishments, hotels
and private educational institutions remained closed in
several parts of the state, they said.

Hundreds of TDP workers and leaders were taken into
custody in various districts when they tried to enforce the
bandh. The protesters stopped buses at many spots.

Most business establishments remained shut in the
state capital and towns like Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Nellore,
Anantapur, Karimnagar, Warangal and Kadapa. As a precautionary
measure, the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC)
withdrew buses in some districts, the sources said.

In Krishna district, the shutdown evoked lukewarm
response. The transport system remained unaffected. Most shops
and commercial establishments in Vijayawada, a commercial hub,
were open. Government offices were functioning but private
educational institutions were closed, they added.

PTI