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Updated: October 17, 2011 10:19 IST

Telangana bandh on Monday against police excesses

M. Rajeev
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The Secunderabad Railway Station wears a deserted look on Sunday as many express and passenger trains were cancelled because of the three-day 'rail roko' called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee demanding a separate Telangana state. Photo: Nagara Gopal
The Hindu The Secunderabad Railway Station wears a deserted look on Sunday as many express and passenger trains were cancelled because of the three-day 'rail roko' called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee demanding a separate Telangana state. Photo: Nagara Gopal

Normal life likely to be hit

Normal life is likely to be affected by yet another ‘bandh' in the Telangana region on Monday as public transport, educational institutions, shops and establishments are expected to remain closed.

The region, barring the State capital, is crippled by the ongoing “Sakala Janula Samme” (strike by all sections of people) that entered the 34th day on Sunday. Buses of the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation were operated on Sunday after they remained off the roads for close to four weeks, but are likely to remain in the depots due to the bandh.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which is spearheading the agitation for a separate Telangana, has, however, announced suspension of the third day's ‘rail roko' on Monday. Instead, it has called for the ‘bandh' in protest against what it called the police “excesses” against the leaders and their arrests while they were participating in the ‘rail roko' agitation. Nine MPs, several MLAs, and other senior leaders were arrested on the first day of these protests on Saturday.

Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar from Karimnagar and TRS Medak MP Vijayashanti were among those remanded in judicial custody. While Mr. Prabhakar continues to be in jail, Ms. Vijayashanti was granted bail on Sunday.

TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram accused the government of adopting “unconstitutional and uncivilised methods” to suppress the ongoing agitation. He said cases were registered against the agitators at the behest of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Director-General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy without following any procedure. MPs, legislators and senior leaders were not spared, while women were kept in custody during the night against the Supreme Court's directives, he alleged.

Meanwhile, the second day of the ‘rail roko' was by and large peaceful.

It is clearly marketing of politics, to make use of this issue, otherwise they can follow like Anna or option B politicians can fight in assembly/stop assembly or Delhi parliament. not encouraging common people or effecting them for their benifits.

from:  shiresh
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 17:41 IST

The strike organised by Telangana Joint Action Committee to disrupt normal life in Andhra Pradesh itself is against the Supreme Court ruling. Despite this, political parties continue to call for bandhs, disturbing public life and trampling on basic rights of citizens.

All those in support of forming a Telangana in violent means are enemy of the state remember. The bandh organisers are getting another opportunity to torture the common man in Andhra Pradesh and ruling Congress has become a sitting duck. Political parties like TDP and one of its leader, Yerran Naidu, seems to have no job other than whipping the passions of Telangana fanatics. Will he able to organise any peaceful protest for burning issues like price hike, inflation etc.. Shame on you Yerran.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 10:29 IST

Society in India is only partially organised. Polital parties are
tweedledum and tweedledee. Politics is elite competition. The masses
are not politicsed. The elites mobilise them for maximising their own
benefit, in the name of anything that works for the time being,
including 'Telengana'.

from:  Jaspal Singh
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 08:14 IST

What happened to the TJAC when lakhs of people wanted Rail
Rokho for a 3rd day. Why did they chicken out? Do they doubt the
cause for which they are doing all this? All Telengana supporters
are hugely disappointed by this. Will Prof.Kodandaraman Reddy
explain this to the lakhs of Telengana supporters? We were told
that these leaders are prepared to die for Telengana then why this
sudden change in Plans. We demand an ´explanation from these

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 07:51 IST

This is a vicious cycle as the dog chasing tail if govt acts it is labelled excessive where as goondas attack innocent civilians be it Tgana. Andhra or any other person labelled as rightful agitation. Silent majority should wake up and put a end to this vicious cycle of bandhs.

from:  kausik
Posted on: Oct 17, 2011 at 01:05 IST

Congress in all out.. Dont count for another 20 years. Otherwise people will start man-handling.. Andhra capitalists looting Telangana. Every Indian should support Telanganites who are fighting against suppression.

from:  Naga
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 22:58 IST

Doesn't this comes under the purview of Essential Services and Maintenance Act? Strikes must be banned - learn how to protest in a discplined way from the Japanese and the country will prosper. Strikes are a waste of taxpayers' money and loss to the state and country. How many daily wage labourers would have been affected by such a strike, how many perishable commodity sellers would be grieved at their loss.

from:  Raja
Posted on: Oct 16, 2011 at 22:48 IST
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