The postponement of sub-inspectors' recruitment test angered students of Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) and also political Joint Action Committee (JAC) which is leading the campaign for united Andhra Pradesh.
Four students started fast-unto-death.
Educational institutions across the district were closed in response to the bandh call given by students, who expressed regret that the Government postponed the recruitment test due to pressure exerted by the students of Telangana region.
The students' JAC staged a rasta roko on the National Highway in front of ANU for almost an hour in protest against the Government's failure to placate their counterparts in Telangana, who were being provoked by politicians of that region.
A mock funeral procession of the Government was organised from ANU campus to the NH-5 to show up the students' grievance.
The students have earlier damaged furniture in the distance education and examination blocks of ANU as part of their agitation for conduct of the test as originally scheduled in December.
A large number of police personnel were posted outside ANU to prevent any untoward incident but there was nothing of that sort barring wordy duels between the cops and students, who also decried negligent attitude of politicians of the coastal districts for not espousing their cause.
The students got vocal support from political JAC, whose convener N Samuel faulted the Government for acting as per the whims and fancies of politicians of Telangana, who were raking up controversies over every issue irrespective of its relevance to their demand for Statehood.
The advocates' JAC for High Court Bench between Guntur and Vijayawada has also expressed solidarity with the students of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, who were troubled by Government's decision to put off the SI recruitment test in an arbitrary manner.