Blocking of roads, detention of trains, deflation of tyres and rallies mark the protest
NIZAMABAD: The Opposition-sponsored bandh against the hike in petrol and cooking gas prices in the district was near total and by and large peaceful barring a couple of incidents of stone pelting on RTC buses at Kamareddy.Tonsure of heads by Gangadhar (TRS) and Raju (TDP), travelling in bullock-carts by opposition leaders, staging of ‘rasta roko’, dharnas and a ‘rail-roko’ marked the bandh. The normal life came to a halt and passengers were badly affected.
The Opposition leaders held protest demonstration at Gandhi Chowk and staged a ‘rasta roko’ at RTC bus depot.
BJP workers stopped the Devagiri Express for a few minutes.
Reports reaching here said that the bandh was a success in other parts of the district.
The bandh was total and peaceful in Nalgonda. The leaders of the Telugu Desam, BJP, CPI, CPI (M) and TRS prevented the movement of buses in all RTC bus depots across the district.
The Regional Manager of RTC A. Purushottam Naik told The Hindu that the loss to the RTC due to the bandh was estimated at Rs.22 lakh in the district. ‘Rail-roko’ was staged at Nalgonda, Bhongir and Alair for sometime.
The bandh was near total and peaceful in Medak barring sporadic incidents of deflation of tyres of public and private buses. Vehicular traffic on Rajiv Rahadari, NH-7 and 9 came to a grinding halt due to ‘rasta rokos’ organised at all major crossroads in the morning hours. Collector Piyush Kumar was stranded on NH-9.
With the activists obstructing movement of buses by blocking all the APSRTC bus depots in the district bus service was completely hampered. TRS activists deflated tyres of APSRTC buses. Police took Raghunandan Rao and 50 TRS activists into custody and released them later.
The opposition parties organised separate rallies and the CPI(M) Medak committee took out a funeral procession of the UPA government. Former TRS Member of Legislative Council R. Satyanarayana and his supporters went around the town enforcing the bandh. In Siddipet , TRS legislator T. Harish Rao and his followers were taken into custody for organising a ‘rasta-roko’. Later speaking to reporters, Mr. Harish Rao predicted down fall of the UPA government. In Toopran, Bharatiya Janata party workers under the leadership of Vishnuvardhan Reddy blocked the railway tracks and stopped the Nizamabad-Secunderabad passenger at the Brahamanpalli railway station. The bandh was complete in Zaheerabad , Gajwel, Ramayampet and Medak towns.
The bandh was peaceful in Warangal district. As all modes of transport were affected and people had tough time, particularly those living in rural areas. Scores of political activists enforces the bandh in Warangal, Kazipet and Hanamkonda towns as the hundreds of armed policemen kept a vigil to prevent any untoward incident.
The TDP activists took out a motor-cycle rally from Warangal to Kazipet. The TRS women wing demanded rollback of prices of fuel and LPG.
The bandh was near total and peaceful in Karimnagar. The protesters obstructed operation of RTC buses by squatting in front of the depots. They also tried to deflate the tyres. Telangana Express was detaimned for some time at Odela and Pothkapalli.
The bandh was peaceful in Mahabubnagar district. It was was also observed in Wanaparthy, Gadwal, Narayanpet, Nagarkurnool, Shadnagar, Jadcherla and other towns. The TDP and TRS activists detained Tungabhadra Express for half-an-hour.