The bandh call given by Telangana Joint Action Committee in protest against the conduct of ‘Rachabanda' and visit of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in Karimnagar district on Thursday turned violent in Karimnagar.

Following the bandh call given by Telangana JAC, all the educational institutions declared holiday. However, some schools were functioning against the bandh call by the JAC leaders. Irked over this, the Telangana JAC leaders went into the Gautam Model School premises and ransacked the school furniture and office computers demanding them to observe bandh. The protestors also entered into St John's High School and destroyed furniture and obstruct the conduct of pre-final examination for the tenth class students.

In the meantime, the bandh was near total in Karimnagar town with the closure of all institutions, hotels, business establishments. The RTC had also curtailed its services for several hours following the dharnas and rasta rokos by the protestors in front of all the bus depots.

The protestors set fire to the tyres on the roads demanding people to observe bandh and also went round the town directing the shop keepers to down their shutters. Elsewhere the bandh was total in the district with the people observing bandh voluntarily.