Hyderabad: Tempers ran high in the city on Friday as Telangana activists prepare to enforce a bandh in the city on Saturday to protest the APNGOs’ meet at LB Stadium on that day.
Political JAC, Osmania University JAC, Employees JAC, Telangana Journalist Forum and several other Joint Action Committees for Telangana met on Friday and decided to ensure that the bandh is total.
Osmania University JAC leader M. Krishank said, “In the round table meet of all JACs, it was decided to ensure total shutdown. Students are going to block the roads at Alampur and Kodad. We will be conducting a black march to protest against the meet. There were two suicides in Telangana on Friday, one in Rasoolpura in Begumpet and the other at Andhol in Medak, against efforts being made to stall Telangana in Delhi.”
APSRTC Telangana unions have decided to take part in the bandh and keep buses off the roads. Petrol pumps have put up boards stating that they will remain closed on Saturday.
Government employees from the Seemandhra region have been flocking to the city from various districts in the state to attend the APNGOs meeting on Saturday. Two buses were burnt in Kukatpally, and lawyers of both factions clashed on the premises of the AP High Court on Friday. Several lawyers of both groups were taken into preventive custody and were released later. There were protests in the Nampally criminal courts too.
A bus with 40 Seemandhra employees coming from Chintalapudi to Hyderabad was stoned at Khammam.
Security beefed up at all entry points
As Telangana activists prepare to enforce a bandh in the city on Saturday to protest the APNGOs’ meet at LB Stadium, security was beefed up at all entry points (on national highways) into the Telangana region from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
Around 40 check posts and pickets have been set up and vehicles were being checked thoroughly. Hyderabad Range DIG Naveen Chand said, “We have counselled the JAC leaders and students and told them not to create any problems. We have told them that police will take action according to the law. They have promised to cooperate. We are on the roads patrolling all three national highways — the Vijayawada-Hyderabad route, Addanki-Narkatpally and Nagarjunasagar roads. After midnight more buses will come into the city.”