People voluntarily participating in the bandh comes as a surprise to many

Anantapur district, on Friday, observed a total bandh demanding that the State remain united even as people eagerly waited for the decision to be taken by the leaders after the Core Committee meeting.

While private as well as APSRTC buses kept off the roads across the district, the voluntary participation of people in the bandh came as a surprise to many.

The bandh was total in all urban centres in the district like Anantapur, Kadiri, Hindupur, Tadipatri, Uravakonda, Guntakal and Gooty.

The Samaikyandhra Joint Action Committee took out a massive rally raising slogans against any proposed division of the State.

Meanwhile, the Samaikyandhra Student JAC, with the support of other student unions, staged a sit in protest on Anantapur - Kadiri road blocking it for several hours.

A similar sit in protest was organised at Kadiri which resulted in severe traffic jam.

A human chain was also formed at Sadbhavana circle in Hindupur town.

Lawyers in Anantapur town staged a protest and raised slogans against dividing the State saying that the idea of a linguistic state was sacrosanct.

Professors and ancillary teaching staff of Sri Krishnadevaraya University also launched relay hunger strikes in support of the united Andhra Pradesh.