Hyderabad Bandh Today
A city sick of repeated obstruction to fundamental rights, and a police force eager to assert itself, are resulting in today's bandh call dissolving into embarrassme
Hyderabad | 13th February 2010
The Telangana Bandh called for by the Osmania University JAC is having some impact on the city, with some RTC buses off the roads. However, that appears to be all.
A state, and city, sick of repeated forcible obstruction to fundamental and human rights over the past 2 months, and a police force eager to assert itself, are together resulting in the bandh call dissolving into embarrassment. Local newspapers did not bother to give banner headlines to the call, and there isn't any of the normal buzz associated with bandh calls over the past 2 months.
With most arterial roads fortified by police, CRPF and paramilitary troops, the RTC is running bus services partially, and it promises to turn completely normal by afternoon. The Secunderabad-Falaknuma MMTS services have been cancelled, but other than that, train services are running normal.
However, as a precautionary measure, the Police Commissioner (Law & Order) A K Khan has declared Section 144 in the city until February 19. Public meetings are proscribed, and anyone trying to stage any protests will be arrested, he warned.
The lone stray incident reported at the time of this update is a bus belonging to the Gautam Model School being burnt by unknown persons in Moulali.
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