The sudden death of class X student U. Anil Kumar in the social welfare hostel at Bheemanapalli sparked protests by the family members and their supporters at the Red Bridge junction here on Tuesday.

Vehicular traffic came to a standstill on Amalapuram-Kakinada road for a couple of hours as the family members sat on the road demanding action against the hostel authorities.

As the body was there in the KIMS hospital, family members of the deceased along with members of the Scheduled Castes welfare associations resorted to a road blockade demanding immediate action against the hostel staff. The agitation continued till the police pacified the agitating members.