Staff Reporter

Stray incidents of violence reported in some parts of district

Huge rally taken out in the district headquarters

A passenger train was stopped at Ganj

NIZAMABAD: Normal life was completely paralysed following the bandh observed in response to the call given by Telangana Joint Action Committee in the district on Wednesday.

Barring a couple of violent incidents bandh was peaceful and total. In Navipet mandal headquarter two groups clashed when the agitators were trying to force the closure of a toddy shop. However, the police dispersed them by resorting to lathi-charge. In another incident villagers attacked the gram panchayat office and damaged furniture.

No arrests were made, but a few persons were taken into preventive custody and later released on the execution of personal bonds, according to Superintendent of Police M. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Bandh was total as the agitators came on to the streets since the morning everywhere. A huge rally was taken out in the district headquarter town from District Court Complex to the Nehru Park. Mayor D. Sanjay, local MLA Y. Lakshminarayana (BJP) and former Minister and MLA P. Srinivas Reddy (TDP), a number of corporators, all party leaders and members of the JAC attended.

Members of Chamber of Commerce, lawyers, doctors, journalists, Marwari and Gujarathi communities, ABVP, PDSU and AISF activists and people from all walks of life took part. The national highway-7 was totally blocked in Armoor police sub-division as villagers held rasta rokos at several points on the road.

Movement of vehicular traffic was badly affected on the highway as people organised rasta rokos at many places from Sone Bridge to Biknoor. The RTC incurred a loss of Rs. 50 lakhs as a fleet of 650 buses were off the road, according to Regional Manager Shivkumar.

The agitators beat up an RTC employee at Armoor depot when he refused to cooperate to the bandh. The PDSU workers laid siege to the residence of Pradesh Congress Committee president D. Srinivas. Caste associations stopped a passenger train at Ganj. Some people cooked the food and had it on road at Gajulpet in the town.

Reports reaching here from different parts of the district said bandh was total and peaceful.