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Lukewarm response to students’ bandh call

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Hyderabad: The Telangana Bandh call given by the Telangana Students’ Joint Action Committee (TS-JAC) on Wednesday demanding deletion of Clause 14 F of the Presidential Order of 1975, in spite of the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) to scrap it, evoked partial response in the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad.

Government offices, banks and insurance firms reported thin attendance while private offices functioned normally.

The schools and colleges had already declared holiday for students, while business and traders downed their shutters and the state road transport corporation suspended bus services for a few hours sensing trouble.

With no violence reported from anywhere in the city, the RTC resumed it normal city services by mid-afternoon.

However, RTC suspended district services sensing trouble in Telangana region. Approximately 3,000 buses services were cancelled from Hyderabad to various districts in the state.

Earlier, the South Central Railway had confirmed that there would not be any cancellation of services, following which the MMTS services operated fully.

Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan said that 38 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed across the city in addition to the 10,000 city police personnel.

Mr Khan said that armed police personnel guarded the Assembly and Secretariat, while police pickets were been put in place at all important government offices.

Security arrangements were also put in place at Habsiguda, Uppal, Vidyanagar, Amberpet, Ramanthapur , Ghatkesar and around the vicinity of the Osmania University.

Reacting to the news of the Centre’s decision on Clause 14 F, OUJAC spokesperson P Kailash said “It is a partial victory for the people of Telangana. But we will continue our agitation till the President signs on the file relating to the deletion of clause 14F.”

The Osmania and Kakatiya Universities have postponed their examinations and revised schedule of dates will be announced soon.(INN)

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