CPI activists raid Inter valuation centre and threaten to snatch answer sheets
Women activists deflate the tyres of RTC buses
Three autoricksahw drivers beaten up by agitators
KHAMMAM: The bandh sponsored by the opposition parties against the hike in the petroleum products turned violent in Khammam on Friday. The CPI cadre went forcing closures of offices, shops and establishments. Four buses, half a dozen autorickshaws, some shops and the forest department office came under the attack of the protesters at the district headquarters. Those who tried to travel by private cars also incurred the ire of the protesters at different places.
The CPI workers raided the Intermediate advanced supplementary spot valuation centre and asked the lecturers to stop their work and support the bandh. As they continued to work, the protesters threatened to snatch the answer sheets. One of them went to the extent of lifting a bundle of answers sheets, He, however, relented and restored the bundle to the lecturers on duty following the intervention of CPI district secretary Kunamneni Sambhasiva Rao.
A group of women activists of the party deflated the tyres of the RTC buses at the Mayuri centre thus bringing the vehicular traffic to a halt. They fled the scene before the police reached the spot. Some auto men who plied their vehicles defying the bandh call incurred the ire of the protesters. Their glasses were damaged. Three of them were beaten up. Members of the auto men’s union came on to roads condemning it. They were pacified by protesters.
The CPI workers stopped two passenger trains including the Gudurur- Vijayawada – Bharachalam road passenger at the Khammam railway station. They squatted on the rail track. Police plunged into action and dispersed the protesters. A group of protesters stormed into the forest department office complex and smashed the windows of a building as one of tits employees entered into an argument with them. The buses were off the road. Business establishments downed their shutters in the town during the bandh. The Telugu Desam and CPI(M) workers took out separate rallies condemning the hike in the prices of petroleum products. The bandh was near total in Kothagudem, Palvancha, Sathupalli, Yellandu and Bhadrachalam. The pilgrim rush in the Bhadradri temple was as usual. The RTC resumed the operation of bus services in the afternoon.