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Rail blockade ends in Telangana

india Updated: Sep 26, 2011 02:03 IST
HT Correspondent

Local trains and a few long-distance ones were given the green signal as the 36-hour rail roko agitation in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, called by the the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), ended on Sunday evening.

The Delhi-bound Andhra Pradesh Express as well as six long-distance trains restored normal services after TJAC convener M Kodandaram announced end of the rail blockade.

He scotched rumours that the rail roko would be extended by 48 hours. "There will be no extension of the rail blockade agitation. If necessary, we can resume the agitation some time later," he said.

Buses, however, continued to remain off the road for the seventh day, causing inconvenience to people travelling within the state. A few autorickshaws were seen on the road even though their two-day strike will end on Monday morning.

In the 10 Telangana districts, activists cooked their meals on railway tracks and staged a sit-in.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders KT Rama Rao and Harish Rao bathed on the tracks. The Railway Protection Force has filed cases against them for trespassing on railway property.

Meanwhile, reacting to Kodandaram's threat that the movement might turn militant, director general of police Dinesh Reddy said the police were ready to take action if agitators tried to break the law.

He appealed to pro-Telangana activists not to take law into their hands.

Meanwhile, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen, the Hyderabad-based party that has seven MLAs and one MP, expressed the apprehension that any delay on the part of the Centre in taking a decision on the statehood issue might lead to violence.

"The way the youth is going about the Telangana agitation and the aggressive response of the police give rise to apprehensions that it might lead to large scale violence anytime. It will cause insecurity among the people of Telangana and particularly in Hyderabad," MIM president and MP Assaduddin Owaisi said.