A large number of students of Acharya Nagarjuna University blocked traffic on the NH-5 for about an hour on Friday in protest against the move to bifurcate the State. They were removed from the highway and some of them taken into custody by the police. The students expressed regret that the Congress high command was going ahead with the process of formation of Telangana in spite of the wave of protests that erupted in the Seemandhra region.
Samaikyandhra political JAC leaders P. Narasimha Rao and others demanded that the State be kept united as it had created a rift among people of both the regions (Telangana and Seemandhra) and more than that the decision to divide the State was taken by the Congress due to political compulsions. Mangalagiri MLA K. Kamala pledged her support to agitation and hoped that the Congress party’s top brass would not ignore the sentiments of people of Seemandhra and problems that bifurcation would bring in its wake.