Telangana Bandh Paralyses Life
With all modes of transport shut down and all establishments closed, the Telangana bandh, on its 2nd day, brought normal life to a standstill.
Hyderabad | 23rd February 2011
Life in Telangana region remained paralysed on the 2nd day of the 48-hour bandh called by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee to press the Centre to introduce a bill on the issue in the Parliament on Wednesday.
With workers' unions lending their support to the bandh call, in addition to political parties such as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and groups within the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party, schools, colleges and business establishments remained closed for the 2nd consecutive day.
The people across the region were put to inconvenience as bus services were off the roads. Adding to the misery of commuters, auto-rickshaw drivers, too, refrained from plying their vehicles while petrol-pump owners, too, shut shops.
As evident from the harried passengers who searched for modes of transport to reach their destinations from Secunderabad Railway Station and major bus terminals like the Imblibun bus station, the impact of the bandh was harsh.
The bandh-call came at a time when the state government is already reeling under the non-cooperation agitation called by the TPJAC in which the state government employees have been participating whole-heartedly.
According to reports, there have been no incidents of any violence throughout the region, except for an attempted arson attack on a train in Warangal district. According to reports, 2 compartments of the Manguru Passenger were damaged in the attack. There were no reports of any human casualties in that attack.
In Ghatkesar, alleged pro-Telangana activists torched and destroyed a railway reservation counter. The South Central Railways announced that the MMTS services on the Secunderabad-Falaknuma route were suspended.
Workers at the Singareni Collieries voluntarily participated in the bandh-call and boycotted their duties for the 2nd consecutive day on Wednesday.
In Hyderabad, staff at Gandhi and Osmania Hospitals, too, staged protests in support of the Telangana bill and took out a rally.
The bandh-call was also supported by advocates at the Nampally Criminal Court, where they cooked and ate inside the court premises.
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