The anti-Telangana protesters went on a rampage in Anantapur district on Saturday, setting afire large quantities of BSNL cables, even as bandhs and series of demonstrations continued for the second day in coastal Andhra and Rayalseema regions against bifurcation of the state.
Police resorted to mild lathi-charge to disperse students and others after they set on fire telephone cables at a BSNL office near Itikalapalli, Anantapur District Superintendent of Police, Murugesh Kumar Singh said.
"The situation in Anantapur district is tense, but under control. The fire has been brought under control," he said, adding "some hooligans are trying to take advantage of the situation, but the police has kept a strict vigil."
Students of Srikrishna Devaraya University and those favouring a united Andhra Pradesh took out rallies and raised slogans in different parts of the district.
In Vijayawada city, cutting across partylines, Congress, TDP and PRP activists organised rallies, dharnas and also held relay hunger strikes for 'one Andhra', even as business establishments, shops and banks in commercial areas remained closed.
Agitators resorted to 'rail roko', resulting in delayed running of trains, a Railways official said, adding "speed restrictions were imposed on all routes."