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Life comes to standstill in Telangana

B. Chandrashekhar

All services shut; bandh called by TJAC largely peaceful



LIFE CRIPPLED: A deserted road in Warangal on Tuesday.

HYDERABAD: Life came to near standstill in Telangana on the first day of the 48-hour bandh called by Telangana joint action committee (TJAC) demanding introduction of Telangana Bill in Parliament, as all the government and private services were shut.

The bandh was largely peaceful, barring a few incidents of buses being damaged, stone-throwing, attack on commercial establishments and ransacking of a dairy unit.

In all, 1,978 persons including several TRS, BJP, TDP, CPI and TJAC leaders and activists were taken into custody.

Running of trains was also affected at some places with trains being detained by Telangana supporters at Mahabubnagar (4), Karimnagar and Adilabad (3 each), Warangal and Ranga Reddy (2 each) and Medak and Nizamabad (1 each).

The Indore-Chennai Ahilyanagari Express was detained at Jammikunta in Karimnagar for more than half-an-hour.

According to the police, two buses were damaged when students indulged in stone throwing at two places in Hyderabad, a dairy unit and Andhra Bank branch were ransacked at Karimnagar and commercial establishments like fuel stations and chit fund offices were attacked in Hyderabad and Khammam.

Buses remained off the road at most of the places but skeleton services were run at a few places. Telangana activists raised walls across NH-7 near Mancherial in Adilabad and had community lunch at Maganur in Mahabubnagar.

Priests of temples boycotted the daily rituals and conducted ‘homams' on roads in Warangal district in support of statehood for Telangana.

Convenor of TJAC M. Kodandaram said that arrests would not cow down the movement and they would intensify it further if the government continued to suppress the people's wishes. Bandh call was inevitable as the government was not respecting the people's sentiments, he explained.

Coal production to the tune of 1.5 lakh tonnes was hit in Singareni as 65,000 workers went off the work in 36 underground and 140 opencast mines.

Production worth about Rs. 500-crore was affected as about 8,000 industrial units in and around Hyderabad were closed.

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