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Divided: Activists of Basar IIT Sadhana Samiti having lunch on the NH-7 at Dichpally in Nizamabad district during the `Maha Rasta Roko' demanding the setting up of IIT at Basar. (Right) Congress workers staging a dharna on NH-9 in Isnapur for establi shing the premier institute in Medak district.
Divided: Activists of Basar IIT Sadhana Samiti having lunch on the NH-7 at Dichpally in Nizamabad district during the `Maha Rasta Roko' demanding the setting up of IIT at Basar. (Right) Congress workers staging a dharna on NH-9 in Isnapur for establi shing the premier institute in Medak district.

Staff Reporter

Basar IIT Sadhana Samiti and Congress activists stage separate protests

ADILABAD: The blockade of the 115-km stretch of NH-7, passing through Adilabad, by the Basar IIT Sadhana Samiti on Thursday was complete and peaceful. No vehicle was allowed to move during the day. The bandh called in villages and towns abutting the highway, however, did not evoke good response.

Long lines of lorries were seen on Son and Penganga river bridges, the two ends of the stretch on the national highway, since morning. A convoy of six lorries, reportedly carrying goods belonging to the Army from Bangalore to New Delhi, was also stranded. Students were seen walking towards Adilabad town from surrounding places.

The Samiti comprising all opposition parties, including the TDP, the TRS, the CPI, the CPI(M) and the BJP, launched its second phase of agitation. Adilabad MP (TRS) T. Madhusudan Reddy led the protest at the State's northern border with Maharashtra at Penganga river.

Food cooked at camps

TDP spokesman and Samiti convener for Adilabad and Nizamabad districts S. Venugopalachary visited all the 16 centres where dharna camps were set up along the route. Adilabad ZP Chairman Rathod Ramesh was among those who visited the locations. Food was cooked at the camps and activists had breakfast and lunch at these venues.

In Sangareddy, the `rasta-roko' on two national highways, organised by the Congress and the TRS dissident legislator T. Jayaprakash Reddy was complete and successful without any untoward incident. However, the blockade of NH-9 and NH-7 linking Hyderabad to Northern India caused hardship to commuters, truck drivers and daily wage earners.

Many take to walking

A large number of buses and trucks were stranded. Hundreds of people had to walk long distances to reach their destinations. The stretch from Patancheru -Sangareddy and Sangareddy - Sadasivapet was the most affected. The APSRTC cancelled some bus services and operated a few through interior routes. Young members of different political parties played cricket, kabadi and entertained the protesters with their mimicry, song and dance performances. At Dichpally, a mock Assembly was organised.


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