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Telangana 36-hour Rail Roko begins

September 24, 2011
Hyderabad

The 36-hour Rail Roko called by the Telangana JAC has begun at 6am in the morning today. Agitators squatted on the rail tracks at several locations showing solidarity to the bandh demanding a separate Telangana state. The JAC leaders protested on the rail tracks at Mowla Ali railway station and Nalgonda railway station. MLA Vinay Bhaskar took part in the agitations at Kagipet in Warangal district. A goods rail was stopped at the Chintaguda railway gate by the agitators.

The Kachiguda-Miryalguda pushpull express has been diverted at Nadikudi in Guntur district as a precautionary measure. 24 other trains which are to pass through the Nalgonda railway station are cancelled earlier today.

Heavy police force was deployed at several railway stations across the Telangana region. Large number of policemen were at Nampalli Railway Station and Khammam railway station.

MLA Etela Rajender staged protest on the railway track at Uppal Railway Station in Karimnagar. BJP State President G Kishan Reddy squatted on the railway track at Bhuvanagiri in Nalgonda district, while Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao led the protests in Manoharabad railway station in Medak district. Telangana JAC chairman M Kodandaram, BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya and MLA Kishan Reddy took part in protests at the Moula Ali Railway Station and demanding the Telangana bill in the Parliament.

Several trains cancelled / rescheduled

The South Central Railway has announced that it has cancelled the AP Express train that is to leave to New Delhi along with several other trains to Mumbai, Chennai and other major cities. 16 passenger trains including the one from Vijayawada to Secunderabad and Kajipet are also cancelled. 22 other trains were rescheduled and 44 trains were diverted.

Pilgrims of Tirupati are facing trouble because of the Telangana rail roko.

Agitation to be intensified further

Sircilla MLA K Taraka Rama Rao said that they would intensify the agitation further if the Central Government is not moved by the 'Sakala Janula Samme' in the region. Addressing a gathering at the Moula Ali railway station, he said that TRS president and his father K Chandrasekhar Rao has not yet decided on staging a fast-unto-death hunger strike for the Telangana cause. He said that KCR is considering staging the hunger strike during the Dasara and Diwali festivals. He warned that the 'Chalo Hyderabad' agitation in October would be in similar lines of the revolutionary movements in Sudan, Egypt and Libya.

Auto drivers bandh

Auto drivers in the Telangana region have joined the agitation for a separate Telangana state as they have called for a 48-hour auto bandh. With the 36-hour Rail Roko starting at 6am in the morning, transportation has almost came to a halt in Hyderabad.

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