Staff Reporter

NALGONDA: Normal life was paralysed across the district on Wednesday due to bandh called by the Joint Action Committee of pro-Telangana organisations and political parties to press for formation of separate Telangana State.

Barring a few isolated incidents, the bandh went off peacefully. Hundreds of pro-Telangana protesters prepared food and organised novel protest demonstrations at Chityal, Narketpalli, and other mandals on the NH-9, which wore a deserted look during the bandh.

The protesters constructed a makeshift wall with cement bricks on the new bridge near Nagarjunasagar and blocked the vehicular traffic on Hyderabad-Macherla road for few hours. Later, the vehicular movement was restored following the intervention of the police.

Shops and other business establishments downed their shutters and the buses remained off the roads all over the district. The educational institutions including colleges and schools were also closed.

Tension prevailed in Kodad when a section of the protesters pelted stones on a private engineering college for allegedly keeping the institution open during bandh. The windowpanes of the building were damaged.

The protesters stopped Shabari Express train at Nalgonda railway station for ten minutes. Earlier, they prepared and served food on the railway track as part of a protest demonstration.

The windscreen of a police vehicle was damaged when an unidentified person hurled a stone on the vehicle at Chinakaparthi in Chityal mandal.

A large number of protesters under the aegis of the JAC staged a demonstration in front of the district police headquarters in Nalgonda in protest against the foisting of alleged false cases against the pro-Telangana activists at several places particularly in Nakrekal mandal in the district.