Three bogies burnt in Rajahmundry as a ‘counter response'
About 1,000 persons held; Nirmal MLA Maheshwar Reddy's house attacked
Jagan Yuva Sena enforces bandh on Anantapur to counter stir in Telangana
HYDERABAD: The Telangana Joint Action Committee sponsored bandh in protest against firing at Mahbubabad was largely total and peaceful but a bizarre suicide moved onlookers as a person slit his throat amidst slogan shouting by a crowd which was enforcing the bandh call at Jaipur in Adilabad district. The police said he was mentally deranged.
Three bogies of a passenger train bound for Bhimavaram were burnt at Rajahmundry in the small hours of Saturday apparently to counter violence that broke out in Mahbubabad against Congress MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's tour in Warangal district.
A press release of the Director General of Police R.R. Girish Kumar said the bogies were allegedly burnt by miscreants but railway authorities who rushed to Rajahmundry maintained that they were yet to establish whether the incident was a result of short circuit or handiwork of anti-social elements. The fire was noticed by a gangman when the train was stationed on a loopline much ahead of its departure. No one, however, was injured.
The DGP said six buses, including three belonging to a private school at Warangal that was run by a migrant from coastal districts, were burnt at various places during the day. Several other buses and public and private property were also stoned by activists of TRS, BJP and CPI-ML (New Democracy) who moved around to make the bandh a success.
About 1,000 persons were arrested by the police in the region for forcing closure of shops or staging demonstrations. The APSRTC withdrew its services but resumed them by afternoon at many places. A skeletal fleet was operated in the State capital. The house of Praja Rajyam MLA A. Maheshwar Reddy who followed Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy by train until the latter's arrest at Wangapalli railway station was attacked with stones at Nirmal in Adilabad.
According to reports from districts, a bandh to counter agitation in Telangana was organised by Jagan Yuva sena in Anantapur.
Former BJP MLA Y. Laxminarayana who resigned along with 10 TRS MLAs in protest against the terms of reference of Srikrishna committee was in the crowd that was arrested by the police for closing shops in Nizamabad town. The police kept a strict vigil at a hospital in Khammam where Congress legislators Konda Surekha and Pulla Padmavathi were admitted after their attempted suicide at Mahabubabad.