Auto unions decide to stay off the roads
South Central Railway (SCR) has announced cancellation of MMTS trains to be operated on the Secunderabad-Falaknuma route on Monday. However, MMTS trains on other two routes – Secunderabad-Lingampally-Hyderabad and Hyderabad-Secunderabad would be operated as per schedule.
The decision was taken in view of the bandh call given by Telangana Political JAC. The outfit has called upon all business establishments and educational institutions, cinema theatres to remain closed in protest against the alleged police high handed behaviour on Telangana activists during the ‘rail roko' programme.
The A.P. Private Schools Association convenor S. Srinivas Reddy has also stated that schools would remain closed. Chances of city buses too running at least from dawn to dusk are slim though officially nothing has been stated.
“We would be operating city buses as per the police department's instructions. Though our employees are keen to attend their duties, a final call will be taken on Monday morning only,” said a senior RTC official.
Even if the buses hit the roads, there is every possibility of Telangana agitators stopping them at different areas. Therefore, drivers would operate buses only after assessing the situation, said RTC NMU Telangana Forum co-convenor K. Hanmanthu.
Extending their support to the bandh, auto drivers unions have also decided not to ply their vehicles. “All autos would go off the road and drivers would organise rallies at different locations,” said A. Sathi Reddy, secretary of Andhra Pradesh Auto Drivers Samakhya.
City police authorities too have made massive security arrangements to prevent untoward incidents during the bandh. Special police pickets are to be posted at government offices, bus depots, railway stations and other public places.
Focus would also be laid on Osmania University campus, PG College in Secunderabad and Nizam College at Basheerbagh to thwart students from taking out rallies.