Petro hike bandh in AP hits normal life

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Hyderabad, Jun 6: The bandh called by the Left Parties, TDP and the TRS in Andhra Pradesh against the hike in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG began this morning' crippling normal life with the suspension of bus services and obstruction of trains at railway stations in the state.

Most of the private and state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) vehicles went off the roads. Train services were delayed as the TRS, TDP and the BJP staged dharnas before the trains.

Shopowners downed shutters and all educational institutions remained closed as Osmania University and Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) cancelled graduation and post-graduation examinations scheduled for the day.

Police sources said minor incidents were reported in some districts and in the capital as the TRS and Left activists broke window panes of the RTS buses and other private vehicles and deflated tyres.

In severeal districts, police took the TDP, Left and TRS activists into custody while staging 'rastaroko', causing heavy traffic jam on National Highways and in busy areas.

However, medical shops, hospitals and emergency services were functioning as usual.

Meanwhile, additional forces were deployed in many places to prevent any untoward incidents during the day-long state-wide bandh.

A report from Vijayawada, quoting police sources, said the bandh was total and peaceful in the coastal city.


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