Activists damage office furniture presuming that duties were being carried out by some employees

Barring a couple of stray incidents, Sakala Janula Samme was peaceful and total in the district on day nine on Wednesday. RTC JAC activists prevented authorities from conducting interviews to take in new staff to ply buses, while agitating employees forcibly brought out a few employees working at Tahsil office at Domakonda.

No buses

All government offices, schools and educational institutions remained closed while not one bus moved out of the six RTC bus depots for the third day.

Priests and endowment employees joined the strike by boycotting the “archaka sevas” at temples. Chindu bhagavatam artistes donning traditional dresses took out a rally. Commercial taxes and educational department employees organised separate rallies.

Staff Reporter writes: The Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers' (TNGO) association district unit leaders launched a relay hunger strike along with family members in front of Collectorate.

TNGOs district leaders M. A. Hameed, Narasimha Swamy, S. Rajaiah and others participated in the relay hunger strike.ABVP activists staged a massive ‘rasta roko' at Ambedkar statue area in the town obstructing traffic for over half an hour. Activists played ‘Bathukamma' and danced on the roads as part of the protest.

Staff Reporter writes: Two incidents of property damage marked pro-Telangana protests in Adilabad district while strike by State government employees, RTC unions and Singareni miners was complete on Wednesday.

TJAC activists damaged furniture at the office of the Deputy Executive Enginner, Special MI, Asifabad and supporters of Adilabad MLA Jogu Ramanna damaged a jeep belonging to the APSRTC.

The Asifabad incident took place when Telangana protagonists found the office be open. They apparently inferred that employees had reported to duties.

Mr. Ramanna's supporters protested the appointment of temporary drivers and conductors at the Regional Manager's office. The MLA was holding talks with the Regional Manager on suspension of the recruitment process when his supporters caused minor damages to the jeep.

Leaders of Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee forced MLA G. Nagesh to hand them over his resignation letter which was faxed to the Speaker's office. Police escort

Meanwhile, RTC ran four services from Bhainsa depot to neighbouring Nanded district head quarters in Maharashtra.

The buses were escorted by police even as pro-Telangana activists unsuccessfully tried to obstruct them.

Production of coal remained suspended even on the eigth day of strike by Singareni miners. Rallies and demonstrations took place across the district.

Staff Reporter writes: At the district head quarters, Balakishan of Rasamayi participated in the ‘Dhoom Dham' programme held near the Collectorate.

Activists of the Telangana Teachers Joint Action Committee attacked the tahasil office at Medak and ransacked furniture alleging that work was on at the office. Some agitators tried to attack the office of the Social Welfare Residential School at Mulugu alleging that the principal made adverse comments against agitators. Agitators asked the employees to vacate the hostel and leave to their homes.

Protesting the arrest of legislator T. Harish Rao, agitators held ‘rasta rokos' and dharnas in Siddipet constituency limits.

None of the contract employees attended duties despite warning of termination from service by government.