Hyderabad: Movement of trains in the entire Telangana region remained disrupted on Thursday as Telangana agitators stormed the railway stations from early morning and stopped trains causing severe hardship to the commuters. The agitators, responding to the call of the Telangana Political JAC, staged dharnas, cooked and ate food on the railway tracks.
Following the TJAC call for day-long Rail Roko on Thursday, the South Central Railway cancelled 31 express trains, diverted 23 trains and altered the timings of another 23 train services. Apart from canceling 116 passenger trains, the SCR officials, in coordination with the APSRTC, arranged buses at all the railway stations to move the stranded passengers.
Leaders and activists of the JAC squatted on the tracks at various places to stop the trains. The passengers had a tough time as protestors belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, Bharatiya Janata Party and others blocked the movement of trains at several places in Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda districts.
The Delhi-Hyderabad Dakshin Express was detained at Ghatkesar on early Thursday. The JAC convenor, Prof. M. Kodandaram, and the BJP leader, Mr Indrasena Reddy were among the leaders who participated in the Rail Roko at Ghatkesar. The protestors detained the Tirupati-Secunderabad Narayanadri Express at Chityal in Nalgonda district. The Tirupati-Secunderabad Padmavati Express and the Vizag-Hyderabad Padmavathi Express trains were stopped by protestors at Bibini Nagar. Railway and State police arrested over 150 protestors at various places.
Raising pro-Telangana slogans, the Telangana activists squatted on the railway tracks and demanded that the Centre immediately announce formation of Telangana State. The senior BJP leader and former Union minister, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, and other party leaders were taken into custody at the Secunderabad railway station when they tried to organize the Rail Roko. Addressing the protestors, Mr Dattatreya said that the government cannot suppress the Telangana agitation by arrests and other such measures. The UPA government should immediately concede the statehood demand, he added.
Similarly, the TRS leader and former MLA, Mr T. Padma Rao, and several others were arrested in the Fatehnagar Railway Station whey they organized Rail Roko. Several Telangana activists were taken into custody at Bharatnagar Railway station. The protestors detained the Narsapur and Machilipatnam Express trains at Charlapalli Railway Station. A goods train was stopped at Vikarabad railway station in Ranga Reddy district by the agitators.
In Warangal district, the TRS MLA, Mr D Vinay Bhaskar and a large number of party workers conducted rail roko. The protesters stopped Kakinada-Hyderabad Goutami Express. In Nekkonda in the district, the protestors attacked the car in which the Minister for Stamps and Registration, Mr Thota Narasimham, was travelling. The agitators detained Darbang Express train at Eluru-Rangampet railway station. In Kazipet Railway Junction, Ernakulam Express was stopped by the protestors. The TRS leaders and activists squatted on the rail tracks in Janagam and Pembarthi railway stations. They also staged a dharna in Khammam railway station. The agitators obstructed the Kazipet Passenger at Manuguru. In Madhira, 50 agitators were taken into custody when they detained a goods train.