Hyderabad: The Telangana Bandh called by the Students JAC demanding removal of Hyderabad from free zone status for recruitment purposes has as usual evoked good response in village ands towns in all the districts in the region while it had no impact in the twin cities.
Despite the Central Government recommending to the President of India for deletion of the controversial Clause 14(f) from the Presidential Order, which has been the bone of contention of the Telangana students, the bandh in the region was enforced by the Students JAC and supported by the TRS and TJAC.
Once again the transport sector was the worst affected with the buses going off the roads and remained stationed in the depots while partial services ran in the state capital. While 750 buses in seven depots in Nalgonda district did not stir out, the Telangana agitators prevented attempts to take out some buses in Suryapet Depot. Likewise 600 buses in five depots in Khammam, 629 buses in six depots in Nizamabad, 550 buses in seven dpots in Medak, 900 buses in 11 depots in Karimnagar and 800 buses in 8 depots in Warangal did not move out.
The agitators also prevented buses proceeding to the neihgbouring Maharashtra state from Adilabad, while some private buses proceeding from Hyderabad to Vijayawada were stoned and damaged in Nekrekal of Nalgonda district. Four provate buses were damaged in Shadnagar and similarly 4 buses were stoned in Vanasthalipuram on the outskirts of the city.
The RTC authorities cancelled as many as 3000 buses scheduled to leave for various districts from the city. Though the bus services ran in full swing in the early hours of the day, some had to be withdrawn after the agitators indulged in stoning in some areas. However, there were partial bus services much to the relief of the passengers who had bitter experience in the past on such occasions with the auto drivers fleecing them mercilessly.
The business establishments, hotels, cinemas and educational institutions remained closed affecting normal life, while the shops and other establishments remained open partially in the twin cities. Despite an uneasy clam prevailing with traders continuing their routine business with half closed shutters, there was no impact on normal life in the twin cities. While banks and ATMs near them in some areas remained closed, they functioned in most of the places. The citizens were very relieved to find the petrol bunks open, unlike in the past, with police pickets standing guard. However, the educational institutions remained closed as a precautionary measure.
The police made elaborate arrangements to maintain law and order by posting pickets at all vulnerable points and also before the government offices, besides enforcing prohibitory orders in the twin cities. The police also arrested some agitators in certain areas where they had indulged in stoning the buses or forced the shop keepers to pull down the shutters.
The Telangana bandh, which is the fourth of its kind during the last one month, passed off peacefully without any major incident reported anywhere.