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Anti-Telangana activists defy order, hold rail roko

india Updated: Aug 11, 2013 20:42 IST

Anti-Telangana activists on Sunday held protests on railway tracks in Guntur, delaying at least two long-distance trains, police said.



Seshadri Express and Janmabhumi Express were delayed for at least two hours due to the agitation which was part of the ongoing protests in the Seemandhra region against the Centre's decision to carve out a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.



Interestingly, Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy on Thursday warned Samaikyandhra agitators of stringent action, if they went ahead with their proposed rail roko agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.



The agitators squatted on the railway tracks and raised slogans demanding resignations of public representatives and ministers hailing from Seemandhra regions, to bring pressure on the Congress government at the Centre to rescind its decision on creation of Telangana.



They relented only after passengers from the held up trains requested them.



Former Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Dr Umareddi Venkateswarlu, who recently joined YSR Congress, alleged that Congress president Sonia Gandhi allowed bifurcation of thw state with an ulterior motive to consolidate the Congress base in the separated state.



He was speaking at a YSR Congress satyagraha camp here.