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The MGB Station at Imlibun in Hyderabad looks deserted on Saturday due to Telangana Bandh. —
The MGB Station at Imlibun in Hyderabad looks deserted on Saturday due to Telangana Bandh. —

Staff Reporter

Telangana activists squat on roads, raise slogans against Jagan

Unidentified persons torch two buses of SS Institute of Technology at Dundigal

At least 300 people in the city and 163 in Cyberabad taken into preventive custody

HYDERABAD: The bandh call given by Telangana Joint Action Committee and other organisations to protest against Friday's firing on Telangana supporters in Mahabubabad evoked mixed response in twin cities on Saturday.

Barring sporadic incidents, the bandh passed off peacefully amid tight security. Three buses were torched and windscreens of four buses were damaged by mobs in different locations. Authorities curtailed the operation of city buses to some extent in the morning, but restored full services by afternoon.

Scores of Telangana supporters, including JAC chairman Prof. Kodandaram, TRS leader Nayani Narasimha Reddy and others were taken into custody for staging ‘rasta roko' at RTC crossroads.

Elsewhere, TRS activists were also arrested for organising demonstrations and burning effigies of Congress MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, MLA Konda Surekha and her husband Konda Murali.

Activists squatted on the main roads and raised slogans against Jagan leading to chaos.

In a few areas, they tried to obstruct traffic but police immediately move in to disperse them.

Unidentified persons torched two buses of SS Institute of Technology at Dundigal and an RTC bus at Moosapet on Friday midnight.

The owner of the SSIT happens to be Praja Rajyam legislator E. Maheshwar Reddy and police suspect his institution buses were targeted as the legislator had accompanied Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy during his travel to Warangal.

Damages to buses were reported from Jeedimetla, Hubsiguda and Sagar Road in L.B. Nagar.

Voluntary response

There was spontaneous response to bandh call in several areas like Addagutta, Uppal, Nacharam, Jagadgirigutta, Secunderabad and Ranga Reddy district with people voluntarily observing bandh. Business establishments, petrol filling stations, banks and cinema halls remained closed.

In some areas, businessmen closed their shops for three hours in the morning and opened them in the afternoon. The city region of APSRTC has operated 2,400 buses as against 3,000 buses. In some areas, the corporation has suspended its services in the morning fearing attacks from Telangana supporters but resumed services from afternoon.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Coordination) Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao said the bandh has been incident-free and peaceful. At least 300 people in the city and 163 in Cyberabad were taken into preventive custody for staging demonstrations.

OU students' rally

Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee on Saturday took out a mock funeral procession of MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, MLA Konda Surekha and her husband Konda Murali protesting yesterday's firing incident in Mahabubabad.

The rally that commenced from New Research Scholars Hostel on the campus culminated at Arts College. Students demanded that the government book criminal cases against Jagan holding him responsible for the Mahabubabad incident.

“We will teach a fitting lesson to Jagan if he tries to organise a similar yatra in Telangana region in future,” JAC member P. Kailash warned.


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