Correspondent

In a stray incident, BJP, VHP activists clash with a shop owner in Mahabubnagar

MAHABUBNAGAR: With the Bharatiya Janata Party and Vishwa Hindu Parishad giving a call for a nation-wide bandh on Thursday in protest against the non-allocation of land to the Amarnath temple shrine trust, tension prevailed in Jadcherla town in the district following clashes between two groups over the closure of a shop at Nimmabai gadda area in the town.

The activists of both parties took out a rally in Jadcherla town. They asked a shop owner to close his shop. There was an argument between the two groups. Members of the two groups pelted stones at each other resulting in injuries to some persons. The agitators damaged chairs and other furniture in the shop.

Timely action by police averted a major clash. The police also organised a peace committee meeting in the town and brought the situation under control.

Bus service

In the district headquarters town of Mahabubnagar, all shops, hotels and other business establishments and some educational institutions remained closed. The BJP and VHP activists prevented the movement of APSRTC buses by squatting in front of the bus depot from 5.30 a.m. They took out a rally and later staged a rasta roko.

Some 40 activists, including BJP state executive committee member N. Rajeshwar Reddy, District BJP president K. Yadhagiri Reddy, VHP leader Laxmi Narayana, RSS leader Venkateshji and ABVP Niranjan were taken into custody by police.

According to information received, the bandh was also observed at Shadnagar, Narayanpet, Wanaparthy, Maktal and other towns in the district.

Bandh total

Our Karimnagar Staff Reporter adds: The nation-wide bandh passed off peacefully in Karimnagar town and it was near total.

All shops, business establishments, cinema halls, banks, post offices, petrol bunks and educational institutions remained closed in Karimnagar town. The BJP activists, led by its state vice president G. Ramakrishna Reddy, district secretary B. Jaganmohan Rao, town president D. Sridhar, BJYM national secretary Bandi Sanjay and others, staged a rasta roko in front of the RTC bus station complex obstructing the flow of buses.

However, the police swung into action and arrested the protestors who were later released. Earlier, BJP leaders went around town demanding that people down their shutters. They flayed the government for neglecting the sentiments of the majority of Hindus. The bandh was partial in Sircilla, Vemulawada, Godavarikhani, Metpally and Korutla towns.

No arrests

Staff Reporter of Nizamabad: The bandh in Nizamabad was total and peaceful.

No arrests were made and no untoward incidents were reported. The bandh went off peacefully, said Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kumar. Activists of VHP, BJP and RSS were seen going around the town enforcing the bandh.

Educational institutions declared a holiday, while cinema theatres suspended morning shows.

Banking transactions were affected and Telangana University postponed counselling for admission into Mass Communications, Botany and Telugu Studies to July 9 following the bandh.

Meanwhile, reports reaching here said the bandh was total and peaceful in important towns of the district.

Our Adilabad Staff Reporter adds: The bandh called on Thursday by the BJP and other allied parties was complete and peaceful in Adilabad district as most of the public places remained closed.

Schools closed

In almost all major towns in the district, educational institutions, cinema halls, petrol bunks, shops and other business establishments remained closed during the day. The RTC however, ran curtailed services in some parts of the district.