Telangana bandh disrupts normal life amidst tight security

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Telangana Protest
Hyderabad, Jul 5: After the entire hue and cry over the resignation by Telangana MPs and MLAs, the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti now called for a 48-hour bandh starting on Tuesday, Jul 5, demanding for a separate state. Normal life in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh was disrupted due to the two-day bandh amidst tight security.

Telangana supporters plan to hold students rally on Jul 7, rail blockade on Jul 8 and 9.

State-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended all its services in Telangana districts and also the services which connect Telangana with Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool and other towns in Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, the biggest bus station in the state here, wore a deserted look as all 3,500 services to various parts of Telangana and other parts of the state were cancelled. Similar situation prevailed at Jubilee Bus Station in Secunderabad.

South Central Railway (SCR) cancelled all Multi Modal Transit System (MMTS) or local trains in Hyderabad and Secunderabad as a precautionary measure.

Shops, business establishments, petrol bunks and educational institutions also remained closed in response to the shutdown, demanding the centre to table a bill in parliament to carve out a separate state of Telangana.

According to the All-India Bank Officers Association, banking transactions worth Rs 20,000 crore will be affected during these two days, as most of the 5,000-odd branches of all banks in the region may remain closed.

Osmania University, the hot-bed of the T' agitation, however, announced that it would conduct its under-graduation examinations as per schedule. Security stepped up especially at Osmania University in view of past protests.

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