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TRS chief has called for Telangana bandh today

Agencies  Hyderabad, June 15, 2013
First Published: 01:40 IST(15/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:08 IST(15/6/2013)

Alleging that the Andhra Pradesh government resorted to repressive measures to put down the Telangana agitation on Friday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao has called for a bandh in the Telangana region on Saturday.

The CPI, a strong supporter of the separate Telangana stir, however, differed with TRS in calling for bandh, saying the decision was unilateral.

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), which comprises TRS, BJP and organisations like pro-Telangana employees of Andhra Pradesh government, has said the bandh would be observed in the entire Telangana region.

Meanwhile, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Union minister and AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, in-charge of Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, congratulated chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and the state government for the smooth maintenance of law and order on Friday, official sources said.

They appreciated the restraint shown by the administration in handling law and order even when some parties were planning to create disturbance, the sources said.

The chief minister thanked them for extending support and providing central forces to maintain law and order, the sources added.

Pro-Telangana parties' march to the state assembly was foiled on Friday by police who took into preventive custody around 1,400 statehood activists, including senior leaders of TRS and BJP, and blocked all roads leading to the legislature building in Hyderabad.

The rally over the statehood issue passed off peacefully without any major untoward incidents.

Fearing law and order trouble, state police had denied permission to the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) for the 'Chalo Assembly' rally. Despite this, the group went ahead with the march to highlight the statehood demand.

The police, who suspected that Maoists may infiltrate into the rally, had turned the city into a fortress. Nearly 10,000 policemen and 20 companies of central para-military forces (around 2,000 personnel) were deployed as similar pro-Telangana protests in the past had turned violent.

About 20 MLAs of TRS, BJP and CPI, who were sitting at the Assembly gates after it was adjourned, were detained.

Osmania University, the hotbed of statehood agitation by students, continued to witness clashes with security personnel for the third consecutive day.

The protesters hurled stones prompting police to fire tear gas shells, police said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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