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Bandh partial, peaceful in Hyderabad

February 13, 2010

The bandh call given by pro-Telangana organizations and parties evoked a mixed response and passed off peacefully in the city. Majority of the petrol bunks, cinemas and other business establishments functioned normally and buses piled on the roads without any disruption. The bandh call was given by the Osmania University students JAC and was supported by the Telanagana JAC of political parties protesting terms of reference of Srikrishna Committee. Anticipating trouble, heavy bandobust was made in all sensitive areas. Bus stands, railway stations, educational institution premises and shopping centres were highly fortified to prevent agitators from disrupting the activity.

The railway authorities withdrew MMTS services on the Secunderabad-Falaknuma route during the morning hours but restored services at around 2pm. Train traffic on the other routes was not effected. The impact of the bandh was seen only at Nallkunta, Vidyanagar, Tarnaka and other locations nearer to Osmania University campus. The Joint Commissioner of Police (coordination) PSR Anjaneyulu said that they have taken several agitators into preventive custody and some were arrested throughout the city but there was no major incident of violence or vandalism.

Meanwhile, the OU students were forced to continue to confine themselves to the campus as police fortified the entire campus preventing the students from making even an attempt to come out of the campus. In fact, the turnout of students in the campus itself was low and only a handful of students came out of the hostels to take part in the couple of rallies in the day. Students JAC admitted that the bandh call failed to evoke good response and the leaders reportedly met in the evening to discuss their future course of action to intensify the movement.

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