BHAINSA (NIRMAL): The Sankranti sky over the violence-hit Bhainsa town presented a strange sight. There were no kites in the air on Tuesday, following the communal clashes of Sunday night.
With no shops selling kites, manja and chakris, children and youth mostly remained at their homes.
A chartered accountancy student who had come to Bhainsa, his native town for the festival, said he and his friends were disappointed with the mood in the town that was preventing them from even flying kites.
A child was seen in Panjashah Chowk playing with a kite in the premises of his house. Elswhere, the police arrested 37 persons allegedly involved in stone pelting during the violence. North Zone Inspector-General Y. Nagi Reddy said the situation was under control and expressed the confidence that the elections would be held as scheduled in the town.
Meanwhile, many internet users are now depending on the old-style text messages and ‘message chatting’ to communicate with their friends and relatives in the four districts that were carved out of the composte Adilabad district after the internet was shut down following communal clashes in Bhainsa.
Many youth have simply taken to calling up their friends instead of using social media or messaging apps. The lack of internet has become a bother especially when greeting others for Sankranti.
A girl student studying in Hyderabad who came down to Bhainsa to celebrate Sankranti with her family is limited to using the SMS facility.
Her mother was happy because the student was forced off the cell phone due to the lack of connectivity
Many people were travelling to the Maharashtra border to be able to access the internet. A reporter who came to Adilabad from Hyderabad went to Pippalkoti on the other side of the Penganga in Maharashtra in Adilabad district.
Mediapersons are also looking for the internet in the bordering districts of Maharashtra. Some others are travelling to Karimnagar and Nizamabad if they are closer....