Hyderabad: Administration in all the ten districts of Telangana came to virtual standstill on Tuesday, following the 48-hour bandh call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee as part of its bid to intensify pressure on the Centre to announce a decision on the contentious separate statehood issue.
While thin attendance was reported in government and private offices, schools and colleges remained closed following the two-day bandh call.
While many traders and businesses downed their shutters voluntarily, buses and autos too were off the roads as separate Telangana activists locked the RTC bus depots in the districts. Incidentally, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation had announced the suspension of its services in the region as a precautionary measure.
Earlier bandh calls had led to activists vandalising public transport to enforce the strikes.
APSRTC officials said that it had suspended 500 bus services in Hyderabad Rajendendra Nagar depots alone, while 600 services were suspended in Adilabad, 800 in Warangal 800, 860 in Karimnagar, 630 in Nizamabad, 550 in Medak, 834 in Mahabubnagar, 600 in Khammam and 650 in Nalgonda region.
Meanwhile, except for the MMTS services in Hyderabad which the South Central Railways had suspended, train services were not affected due to bandh call.
Reports of separate Telangana activists staging rallies and dharnas across district headquarters are reaching in. Invariably, all the protests across the region saw the activists raising ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans, demanding that the Centre introduce Telangana Bill in Parliament.
However, with the deployment of heavy paramilitary forces in all districts, the bandh has been so far free from any violence.(INN)