Bus services suspended; commuters stranded at many places
HYDERABAD: The bandh call given by the TDP, TRS and Left parties protesting steep rise in fuel prices evoked a good response on Friday. Normal life was paralysed as public transport facilities were withdrawn by authorities.
Office-goers were largely affected during the bandh as the APSRTC discontinued its services on some routes after activists deflated bus tyres and damaged windshields. In absence of public transport, they were fleeced by autorickshaw drivers who demanded exorbitant charges.
Several commuters were also left stranded after authorities abruptly stopped district services from the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in Afzalgunj.
Leaders holding party flags and placards took out rallies in the lanes and bylanes forcing businessmen to close their shops. As a result, commercial activity in the busy areas such as Koti, Sultan Bazar, Dilsukhnagar, Secunderabad, Ameerpet and Kukatpally came to a grinding halt. Rail passengers also faced a torrid time when activists of the TDP, TRS and the BJP stopped trains at Nampally and Secunderabad railway stations following which a few trains reportedly ran behind scheduled time.
A scuffle ensued between the police and the Left workers at Musheerabad when they were coming towards Secunderabad station after demonstrating at Narayanguda crossroads. The police later took them into preventive custody. Tense moments were witnessed at Fatehnagar and Khairatabad when some party workers stopped MMTS trains by squatting on the tracks.
“We received good response from the people. The Central government has imposed additional burden by increasing the prices of petrol, diesel and gas,” said Secunderabad MLA T. Srinivas Yadav.
The police took into custody 3,772 protestors, including Rajya Sabha member P. Madhu, MLAs – M. Narasimha, G. Sayanna and T. Srinivas Yadav, former city Mayor T. Krishna Reddy and BJP city president Ch. Ramachandra Reddy. “The bandh was partial and peaceful. Vehicular traffic was also not disrupted,” a police press release stated.