Tension prevailed in Vijayawada and elsewhere in Krishna district after the arrest of Lok Sabha member L. Rajagopal in Hyderabad. His followers took out rallies and staged sit-ins across the city

Protests continued in Rayalaseema and coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth day on Monday against the division of the State.

Tension prevailed in Vijayawada and elsewhere in Krishna district after the arrest of Lok Sabha member L. Rajagopal in Hyderabad. His followers took out rallies and staged sit-ins across the city. Some of them attempted suicide by pouring kerosene at the city Congress office though Police intervened and took three of them into custody.

Shops, business establishments, banks and government offices remained closed and the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended its services.

Passengers stranded

Hundreds of passengers were stranded at the bus complex in the city and elsewhere in the district.

Several leaders visited the TDP MLA D. Umamaheswara Rao and others who are on a fast-unto-death in Vijayawada.

Two of the four students of Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, who have been on an indefinite fast for the last three days, were admitted to a hospital after they fell ill, city police commissioner N. Sambasiva Rao told PTI.

The situation in the port city is peaceful as no major incident of violence has been reported, he said.

The protesters have been holding road blockades, rallies and other forms of protests in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Protest

The students of Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) held a half-naked protest in Anantapur. District Superintendent of Police M.K. Singh told PTI that rallies and other forms of protest have been held all over the district.

The situation in the district is peaceful, he said.

Demonstrations by students and others were also organised in districts like Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor in the Rayalaseema region.