Commercial establishments remain closed for a few hours

The bandh call given by YSR Congress Party protesting the arrest of its chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy evoked poor response in the city on Monday.

Barring a few sporadic incidents in the city suburbs, no untoward incidents were reported.

Except the closure of some commercial establishments in the morning, normal life was not affected.

Party activists who were enforcing bandh were taken into preventive custody in different parts of the city and outskirts.

Unidentified persons hurled stones on five buses at Ibrahimpatnam, Pahadisharif and Kandukur police station limits.

636 persons

A press release issued by the Cyberabad police here said that over 636 persons were taken into custody. “The situation is peaceful and there is no impact of bandh in the IT hub,” the release added.

Police officials said that efforts were on to trace those who pelted stones on buses.

It was business as usual in old city with most shopkeepers making brisk business.

Police, however, posted special pickets at strategic points to prevent any untoward incidents.

Mild tension prevailed when an activist of YSR Congress Party, David, tried to inflict stab wounds on himself near Nampally criminal court complex. Police personnel immediately detained him.

The ‘Mee Kosam' programme organised by the district administration on Monday registered thin attendance with only a few of them turning up to apply for the “Apadhbandu” scheme. Officials attributed this to the bandh call given by the YSR Congress Party.

During the programme, Hyderabad Joint Collector E. Sridhar directed officials concerned to write a letter to the government requesting to extend the scheme to those without white ration cards too.

A few slum dwellers submitted letters to officials seeking pucca houses, pensions and other benefits from the government, the release said.

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