Congress office in Rayadurgam set afire, civic infrastructure ripped apart by agitators

The district on Friday witnessed unprecedented blockades and protests painting a picture of emotional upheaval among the people against the division of the State.

Every street in the Anantapur town witnessed a group of people mobilising the others in the locality and setting up road blockades, pulling the flow of the vehicular traffic into a grinding halt.

Majority of the areas in the town, state highways, national highways and even the village roads were filled with smoke and commotion, with tens of thousands of people from across the district taking up the streets, shouting slogans in favour of the Samaikyandhra movement, burning tyres. The protesters vented their anger against the Cabinet decision on public properties and the Congress office.

The entire stretch of the Subhash road, the main thoroughfare in Anantapur town, witnessed the angry mob ripping apart the municipal infrastructure, causing severe damage to the road medians.

However, additional police forces, who stood guard on the roads to prevent any untoward incident, did not allow the protesters to damage the private properties.

Traffic chaos

On the other hand, traffic snarls became the order of the day. Bumper-to-bumper jam was seen on the NH-44 over a stretch of 20 kilometres on either side of Pamidi and Kanaganapalli.

The highway was also blocked for several hours at Anantapur and Penukonda.

Protesters also organised rail roko at Anantapur, Dharmavaram, Tadipatri, Gooty.

Majority of the trains passing through the district were running late by at least three hours. All the other means of public transport was thrown out of gear.

Meanwhile, Samaikyandhra activists laid siege to the Congress office in Rayadurgam town. An inferno razed through the premises as the angry protesters set the building afire.

Power outage

The bandh became more evident for everyone, even in households, as electricity supply was cut off since the morning till the late evening. The JAC agitators gheraoed the power offices across the district.

Employee JAC members came out in full strength, complemented by general public as the thoroughfares across the towns and mandal headquarters witnessed a day-long protests, hunger strikes.