Elsewhere, pro-Telangana supporters indulged in sporadic violence in Warangal, Medak, Adilabad, Nizamabad,Karimnagar and other Telangana districts. They blocked roadsat 231 places, took out rallies at 124 and organiseddemonstrations in 69 locations, police said.

The protesters stopped trains at 16 locations inMahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal, Ranga Reddy, Adilabad,Nizamabad and Medak, they said.

The activists caused damage to several buses,including state-run ones, burnt effigies at 43 locations,climbed on cell towers/water tanks and participated in hunger-strikes as part of the protest, police said.

Pro-Telangana advocates boycotted courts in manydistricts, including Karimnagar.

Reports received from several Telangana districts saidnormal life was disrupted during the bandh. Schools, colleges,business establishments, shops, commercial complexes, petrolpumps and cinema theatres remained closed.

Transport services were badly affected as statetransport corporation withdrew bus services at various places.

Bandh supporters organised "rasta roko" and dharnason the Hyderabad-Mumbai National Highway.

Over 500 agitators, including leaders of TelanganaJAC, were taken into custody in Medak district, police said.

TRS and BJP activists staged dharna and rasta rokonear bus and railway stations in Karimnagar town, they said.

Pro-Telangana trade unions observed bandh in Singarenicollieries, affecting the coal production.

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