Staff Reporter

Kakinada: Leaders of pro-Samaikya Andhra movement observed `black day’ on Wednesday while officers and staff of various Central Government departments abstained from work in the morning to convey the popular sentiment for undivided State of Andhra Pradesh. Students of MSN Degree College, Andhra Polytechnic, P.R. College etc took out rallies on the main roads and pledged their support to the agitation led by the all – party committee comprising Kakinada City MLA Dwarampudi Chandrasekhar Reddy (Congress), former MLA V Venkateswara Rao of TDP, P Adinarayana of Praja Rajyam and others.

Various people’s organizations have also expressed their desire that Andhra Pradesh should remain intact despite alleged black-mailing by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). The agitators shouted slogans against the TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao for driving a wedge between people of Telangana and those of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Cable TV operators stopped telecasting entertainment channels in and around Kakinada to protest against the creation of Telangana. Construction workers have also organized a rally in support of `united Andhra Pradesh’.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Y Nagi Reddy met the political leaders at Balajicheruvu and sought their cooperation in keeping the situation calm. He hoped the agitators would not resort to violence and, told media persons six persons involved in the attack on BSNL office at Rajahmundry a few days ago, were arrested. The situation was otherwise by and large peaceful in the district.