Protests raged across the district against the reported attack on the APNGOs meeting at LB Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

TTD Employees Coordination Committee broke 1008 coconuts at Alipiri Padala Mandapam, the foot of Tirumala Hills, as a form of protest as well as to pray to Lord Venkateswara to instill a sense of balance among the separatists. “We took out processions, sat on relay hunger strikes and conducted protests everyday”, said the employees’ convener C. Vijay Kumar.

SV University JAC members burnt an effigy of the TJAC members in front of the varsity and condemned the attack on the APNGOs’ meeting conducted in a peaceful and democratic manner. They wondered how the same people who attacked the Seemandhra employees could ‘provide security’ for ten years in the common capital.

Mass casual leave

Teaching and non-teaching employees of the five agricultural colleges, nine agricultural polytechnics, 24 research stations, 13 DAATT centres and 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras spread across Seemandhra region applied for mass casual leave and gathered at SV Agricultural College campus to express solidarity to ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meeting. They carried a 530 ft-long national flag and formed a human chain on the main road near the Dairy Farm. The academics appealed to the public to continue their fight against bifurcation.