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48-hour Telangana Bandh begins

July 5, 2011
Hyderabad

The 48-hour Telangana Bandh called by the Telangana Political JAC began in the morning today. The bandh was called to mount pressure on the Central Government for the cause of a separate statehood of Telangana. The bandh is supported by various employee unions in the Telangana regions. The Singareni employees have offered solidarity with the bandh and are participating actively. This led to the halt of coal production in various places.

Section 144 in place

Hyderabad City Police Commissioner AK Khan told the media that section 144 is in force in the twin cities today and tomorrow. Restrictions have also been placed against holding rallies and public meetings for a week. The Commissioner has also issued a warning not to roam around with any weapons. Strict action would be taken against those who violate the rules, he said.

10 MP's from the Congress party have tendered their resignations yesterday. The Telugu Desam Party MP's also announced that they would resign today. TRS President and Mahaboobnagar MP K Chandrasekhar Rao has tendered his resignation just after midnight yesterday.

Bus services disrupted

Bus services came to a halt in Hyderabad. TRS party workers and APSRTC employees staged a sit-in in front of the Rajendranagar RTC bus depot. As many as 500 buses in Hyderabad, 600 in Adilabad, 800 in Warangal were not running because of the bandh. 860 in Karimnagar, 630 in Nizamabad, 550 in Medak, 834 in Mahaboobnagar, 600 in Khammam and 650 buses in Nalgonda were not running.

According to the South Eastern Railway, the MMTC train services won't run till 12pm today because of the Telangana bandh.

Exams postponed

The entrance examinations into post-graduate courses of the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University that are scheduled to be held today and tomorrow are postponed because of the Telangana bandh. The Osmania University registrar also told the media that the exams that are to be held today and tomorrow in the OU are postponed.

Protests all over Telangana

The 48-hour Telangana bandh began peacefully. Rallies and Rastha Rokos were staged at several places in Telangana.

Nagam Janardhan Reddy arrested

Suspended Telugu Desam Party leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy was arrested while attempting to enter the Osmania University campus in Hyderabad. Protesting his arrest, the students of the Osmania University staged a rally demanding his release and to allow him in the campus. A clash broke down between the police and the students at the NCC gate and the police resorted to the use of tear gas on the students.

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