Kurnool: A statewide bandh call by the Pratyeka Hodha and Vibajana Hameela Sadana Samithi seeking the Special Catego-ry Status to Andhra Pradesh evoked good response in Kurnool district on Friday. The bandh was total and peaceful barring minor incidents at one or two places in the district.
All political parties including ruling and left parties extended support and observed the bandh in the district. Educational institutes remained closed. All business establishments, shops, banks, cinema theatres were shut and even several hotels were closed in all towns in the district. Hospital and medical shops were run as under emergency services.
TD, CPI, CPM, Congress, Jana Sena and volunteer organisations, students unions, caste based association had given their support to the bandh and key leaders of the above parties also participated in the agitations.
Protesters stopped both private and government vehicles at major towns across the district.
The agitators led by the left parties, the TD and Congress stopped as many as 1000 RTC buses in different parts of the district from morning to afternoon.
TD district president Somisetty Venkatesw-arlu, Kurnool MLA S.V. Mohan Reddy and other key leaders of the party had taken to the road early morning, visited some main circles in the city and pursued the bandh.
The party workers held motor bike rallies, dharnas at various main circles in the city and in-front of the collectorate.
CPI workers led by its district secretary Mr B Giddaiah held motorbike rallies separately in the district head quarters. CPM district secretary Mr K Prabhakar Reddy, State council member Mr T Sedrak and key leaders also participated in agitations and monitored the bandh. Congress party district president Mr P Lakshmi Reddy and party activists held a rally from Kondareddy Buruju to the collectorate part of the agitation. They held dharnas in front of the Central Government offices like the post office and railway station in the city.
Similar agitations were reported from Nandyal, Adoni, Dhone, Yammiganur, Alur, Kodumur, Banaganapalle and Allagadda town. District SP Mr K Fakkeerappa said that no violent incident was recorded in the district....