Hyderabad, Feb.19 (NSS): The non-cooperation movement launched by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) in pursuance of its demand that the Union government introduce a Bill on separate Telangana State in Parliament, is picking up momentum. As part of the agitation, the JAC launched dharnas and rasta rokos at many places across the region on Saturday.
The Telangana Political JAC convenor, Prof. Kodandaram, and 200 separatist activists were arrested at the RTC Crossroads in the State capital when they organised a rasta roko at the busy junction and brought the vehicular traffic to a grinding halt. Similarly, the Telangana activists organised road blockade programme at the LB Nagar crossroads too paralyzing movement of vehicles.
At the Somajiguda KCP junction, the police took several protestors into custody for paralyzing the traffic. Similarly, rasta rokos were held at Paradise junction in Secunderabad, Khairatabad and Uppal junctions.
Besides political leaders from the region, employees, workers and teachers actively took part in the agitation. Work in government offices has come to a standstill at mandal level in some parts of the region while functioning at offices in the State capital also got affected to some extent.
The agitators undertook ticketless travel in the APSRTC buses and payment of bills and taxes touched a minimum.
In Adilabad district, the Singareni officials in Mandamarri staged rasta roko and dharna demanding that the Union government introduce a Bill for carving out separate Telangana State in Parliament in the ensuing Budget session.
The senior TRS leader, Mr Nayani Narasimha Reddy, who was taken into custody by the police on Friday, warned that their non-cooperation movement will continue unabated till the Congress-led UPA government introduced Telangana Bill in Parliament. (NSS)