Press Trust of India
Hyderabad, 5 December
The bandh called by TRS in Telangana region today against a reported proposal by GoM to merge two districts of Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh with the proposed state has hit normal life in the region.
Bus services of the state-run State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) were badly affected as TRS leaders and workers held protests near bus stations at different places in Telangana since morning.
Shops and other commercial establishments did not open at various places in the region. The personnel of coal mines in the region have also stayed away from work, according to reports reaching here.
The bandh was called by TRS and other pro-Telangana organisations against reported proposal of a bigger Telangana which entails splitting Rayalaseema region and adding two of its four districts to the ten districts of proposed Telangana state.
TRS had appealed to people from all walks of life to voluntarily observe the shutdown.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed on the Osmania University (OU) campus here when pro-Telangana students attacked security personnel with stones prompting them to lob tear gas shells, after the protesters were prevented from taking out a rally from the varsity.
The protesting students wanted to take out a procession from the OU campus as part of the bandh call given by TRS. However, police stopped them near the NCC gate on the campus, police said.
The protesters forcibly tried to pull aside the barricades on the OU campus and also poured petrol and set on fire some of the barricades. The students then started hurling stones at police, they said.
“The stone pelting is continuing and police fired tear-gas shells to disperse the protesters and control the situation,” OU Inspector P Ashok told PTI.