The bandh called by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) passed of peacefully without any untoward incident in the district on Saturday. The TRS gave the call protesting against the stand taken by the Congress on the separate Telangana issue. A group of party workers created a ruckus at the Hanamkonda bus stand for a while in the early hours. The police took them away apprehending damage to public property.
The offices and business establishments remained closed for the day. The APSRTC suspended services in the morning but restored them in the afternoon.
Schools and colleges remained closed for the day. Security was also beefed up at the residences of all public representatives.
The bandh was total and peaceful in the district. RTC suspended its services and most of the autorickshaws and jeeps were off the road. The fleet of 629 RTC buses remained in the bus depots.
All government offices, banks, shops and establishments, cinema halls and petrol bunks were closed down. The police meanwhile arrested some PDSU activists as they squatted before the apartment where MP Madhu Goud Yaskhi resides. A bike rally was taken out by the T-JAC workers at Kamareddi. According to police sources, in all 80 agitators were taken into custody and later set free.
Normal life was disrupted in the district.Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed. The APSRTC suspended its operations till evening. Staff of RTC , including members of the pro-TRS Employees Mazdoor Union and Employees’ Union, who won in the recent elections, took part in the dharna before the depots and supported the bandh.
Activists of the Telangana Vidyarthi Vedika, including several school students, took part in the rally from Ramgiri to Clock Tower, where they burnt the government’s effigy. B. Narender Reddy of TRS led the dharna in front of the Nalgonda bus depot. Members of the district political JAC, including its convener G. Venkateshwralu, and BJP president V. Chandrasekhar, joined the protest.
Activists of Telangana Jagruti, Bahujan Democratic Students’ Front and Telangana Rashtra Samiti Vidyarti Vibhag and other organisations took out a rally from the bus stand to Clock Tower.
The bandh was peaceful in Mahabubnagar district. Scores of activists and leaders of TRS and BJP were taken into custody. The activists of TRS, BJP and other Telangana outfits squatted in front of the bus depots in the morning and prevented the vehicles from coming out. At the district headquarters town of Mahabubnagar all the business establishments remained closed. Educational institutions observed bandh. Commercial banks also did not function. Motor bike rallies were taken out by TRS, BJP and others.
Bandh was enforced in Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet, Kollapur, Gadwal, Shadnagar, and Jadcherla.